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Romania to plant new forests with $6.7m

Romanian forestry management company Romsilva will allot RON$21 million (AU$6.7m) this autumn to plant forests on around 4,300 hectares of land. Source: Romania Insider. The most important forest regeneration work will be carried out in the plain area and in the Danube Delta, namely i
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Pellet shipments from US and Canada to Europe have gone in opposite directions

Total shipments of wood pellets from North America to Europe plateaued in 2014 after almost four years of continuous increases. Source: FORDAQ. During the first two quarters of 2014, exports from Canada and the US were just over 1.3 million tonnes in each of the two quarters. This was
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Oregon BEST looks to create a new timber industry

Oregon BEST and Oregon State University are teaming with a Southern Oregon timber business in a bid to turn the state into a centre for Cross-Laminated Timber Manufacturing. Source: Portland Business Journal. Oregon BEST is investing $150,000 into research to support development of th
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WWF welcomes Rainforest Summit

WWF-Australia, the Forest Peoples Program and the Uniting Church in Australia, have released a five-point action plan to help halt rainforest loss. Source: the Herald Sun. This statement includes measures to enable and incentivise responsible forestry and agriculture, and emphasises t
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Manufacturing recognised for contribution to a cleaner environment

For the second year running, Kimberly-Clark Australia has been recognised at the Banksia Awards winning the Environment Minister’s Award for a Cleaner Environment. Source: Timberbiz. At the Banksia Awards ceremony on Tuesday, Federal Environment Minister, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, awarde
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Rise in forestry sector trade and employment

In 2013–14, the value of Australian wood product exports increased by 23.7 per cent to $2.5 billion, while the value of imports increased by 11.7 per cent to $4.6 billion, according to the latest issue of Australian forest and wood products statistics released today by ABARES. ABARES
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Australian forestry professionals making their mark globally

Did you know that the results of the work of Australian foresters in Nepal can be seen on satellite due to the extent of the community forests established over the past four decades? Did you know Hillary Clinton described this project as “impressive” and “a standout”? Did you know tha
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Clear message in run-up to state election

The 2014 state election season has officially kicked off, and VAFI’s message to all candidates and parties is clear: the forest and wood products industry is an important and dynamic part of the Victorian economy. This was spelled out in a special piece by VAFI CEO Tim Johnson. Source
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Transport Ministers agree to new roadworthiness measures

The Transport and Infrastructure Council has agreed to a range of measures to improve heavy vehicle roadworthiness under the Heavy Vehicle National Law. Source: Timberbiz. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said Ministers agreed
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