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Tasmanian timber company goes under

Tasmanian Timber Engineering, which employs 32 people and manufactures wood products including trusses, frames and laminated timber beams, has gone into voluntary administration. The company is one of Tasmania’s largest building suppliers. Source: ABC News
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Gunns’ mill stalls as does forestry deal

The deadline was up and the result is that Tasmania's forest peace-deal negotiators have asked the federal and state governments to help them reach an agreement after failing to settle their differences despite a second deadline extension. Sources: Ninemsn News, ABC News, The Australi
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Commercialization of shrub willow as bioenergy crop

The commercialization of shrub willow as a bioenergy crop could be years closer, thanks to a $1.37 million grant that will allow Cornell researchers to take advantage of the newly mapped shrub willow genome to study hybrid vigor and yield. Source: R&D Mag (US)
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Indonesia behind with certification

Indonesia is urging its national timber industry to immediately verify their timber production. Director of Education on Processing and Marketing of Forest Products at the Forestry Ministry, Dwi Sudharto, said verification under the Timber Legality Verification System (SVLK) must be d
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Scion signs MoU with University of Waikato

Scion and the University of Waikato have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will see the two organisations working together in research and teaching and to enhance their contribution to the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions, New Zealand. Source: Timberbiz
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Vigilante action by professor stuns forest owners

Forest owners are dismayed at Otago University Professor Sir Alan Mark’s suggestion that he might assemble a group of activists to rip out forest seedlings on a farm near Dunedin. At issue is a 189 hectare block of Douglas-fir planted as a carbon forest by Landcorp at Waipori Station.
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Craigmore to build plantation on NZ North Island

Craigmore Forestry Fund, which is managed by Forbes Elworthy's Craigmore Sustainables, paid $2 million for 511 hectares of land it wants to convert into forestry as it looks to build plantations down the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Source: The National Business Revi
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Metcash now owns Mitre 10

Grocery wholesaler Metcash Ltd has paid $46.5 million to take complete ownership of hardware chain Mitre 10. Metcash has held a 50.1% stake in Mitre 10 for more than two years, and in June said it would take full control of the chain if Mitre 10's financial performance in the year to
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Craftsmen lament Tasmanian peace deal

Craftsmen from Tasmania's speciality timbers industry say the forest peace deal announcement could be the death knell for their sector. They say an artificial and inadequate ceiling on timber production is not backed by research and $70 million's worth of economic activity and more th
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