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Zero plantings in New Zealand

The low price of carbon credits is a factor but probably not the root cause of new forestry plantations dropping off to near zero over the past few years, according to a leading economist. Source:
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Bushfire fears raised in Tasmania

The Tasmanian Fire Service admits its capacity to fight bushfires could be compromised by the big changes in Tasmania's forest industry. There is concern some forests could be become a high fire risk with the restructure of Forestry Tasmania and the collapse of timber company Gunns. S
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Gunns repercussions for taxpayers and social services

Taxpayers will take a $239,008 hit after the collapse of Gunns for roadworks, but above that there is also the cost to social services from the increased level of unemployment and subsequent hardship. Source: The Mercury
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Gunns mills may hold some hope

While taxpayer backing has been offered to help a potential Tarpeena sawmill buyer expand to safeguard 200 jobs thrown into doubt by the collapse of Gunns shareholders are unlikely to see any money returned. Source: Herald Sun, The Advertiser, The Australian, The Mercury
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Russian forest study by UN released

The forest sector in the Russian Federation needs to use innovations and breakthrough technologies to maximise its potential as a global mitigator of climate change and an important source of timber, according to a new study by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nati
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UK to have a central information point for wood

Wood for Good, the timber industry sustainability and promotion campaign, has announced the start of a collaborative research and development project: Wood First Plus! The aim of the project is to create a central point of information. Source: Builders Merchants News (UK)
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Wooden get any better informed

The Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood will be running a series of workshops and seminars in the coming months in Tasmania. Source: Timberbiz
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HIA Report shows housing starts fell

At a morning function in Melbourne yesterday the HIA released the latest HIA Housing 100 Report stating the number of HOUSING 100 starts fell by 7.3% to 48,130 in 2011/12, their lowest level since 1996/97. Source: Timberbiz
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Ripple affect for Gunns workers nationally

The news that Gunns has gone into voluntary administration has ripple effects that extend well past Tasmania’s borders with workers and contractors in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia also feeling the sting. Sources: ABC South East SA, Australian Financial Review, ABC N
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