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Leaked email won’t endanger forestry peace

A timber industry negotiator believes the historic Tasmanian forest peace talks with green groups are only continuing largely because neither side "wants to be the first to walk". This was the message in an email from Timber Communities Australia chief executive Jim Adams to his branc
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Furniture award rises from the ashes

Despite losing its best native timber drying stacks in the November 2011 bushfires, Jahroc of Margaret River has won a category in the 2012 Australian Furniture of the Year Awards in Melbourne. Source: Augusta Margaret River Mail
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Sawmills drowning in waste wood

Growing mountains of waste wood are said to be threatening the future of several sawmills in southern Tasmania. Many have started to run out of room to store thousands of tonnes of residue, which has been piling up since the closure of the Triabunna woodchip mill last year. Source: AB
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Thin trees for power poles seeks commercial partners

Small, thin trees that are usually removed from forest plantations to make way for larger trees could help meet the growing demand for power poles, street lighting and signage posts. The Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) is seeking commercial partners
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UK to promote forestry with new agency

the UK, the Forestry Commission is on the hunt for new agencies to help as part of a landmark rethink of its communications work. The organisation is looking to bring in agencies to handle PR for the whole of England in a brief worth £750,000 overall. Source: PR Week (UK)
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Euro rules preclude Thai timber

The Thai timber and wood product industry will be hurt by the European Union's strict new regulations on timber imports according to the president of the Thai Parawood Association (TPA). The EU has introduced legislation banning the import of illegally felled timber. Source: The Bangk
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Eucalypt to replace Peruvian hardwood in NZ

The failure of railway sleepers imported from Peru highlights the potential for New Zealand-grown eucalypt timber if an industry can get off the ground, according to Marlborough New Zealand forester Paul Millen. Millen is the manager of the New Zealand Dryland Forests Initiative. Sour
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Deanmill fire causes extensive damage

A blaze that broke out at the Deanmill timber mill in Manjimup, Western Australia and has caused an estimated $2 million damage. Authorities are still assessing the damage but the Fire and Emergency Services Authority said the cause of the fire was accidental. Source: ABC Rural Broadc
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AFTA advice not heeded now company collapses

The $1.6 million collapse of Perth Floor Centre, a timber flooring business, has left customers out of pocket with little chance of getting their money back. The company shut its four retail outlets in the metropolitan area last month and did not notify customers. Source: The West Aus
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