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Latest timber industry news, updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Dewatered wood is a new material

The Scion team has successfully developed “dewatered” wood from radiata pine and has protected this new technology with international patents. Source: Scion
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Green groups attack – each other

A split has emerged in environment groups over a letter supporting timber company Ta Ann. The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) and The Wilderness Society (TWS) wrote to customers asking them not to cancel contracts. Sources: ABC News, The Australian
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Wood fibre prices fall for second quarter

Wood fibre costs for the world’s pulp mills were down again in the second quarter of 2012. Prices for wood chips and pulp logs in both local currencies and in US dollars fell in most of the 17 regions tracked by the Wood Resource Quarterly. Source: Packaging Europe
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US publishers join for sustainable forests

Four leaders of the North American publishing industry announced that they would partner with the North American-based PEFC member Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) to promote the growth of certification to preserve and protect forests. Source: Timberbiz
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Woodworking as a relaxant

In Mildura, Victoria a group of locals is using wood as a way to relax and recover from their daily routines. They come from all walks of life from chemists and truck drivers to the local priest. Source: ABC Local
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Green won’t budge on Forestry Tasmania restructure

Acting Tasmanian Premier Bryan Green said that the decision to restructure Forestry Tasmania was in the best interests of Tasmanian taxpayers and aimed at providing greater certainty for its workforce. Source: Timberbiz
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Acting Tasmanian Premier Bryan Green said that the decision to restructure Forestry Tasmania was in the best interests of Tasmanian taxpayers and aimed at providing greater certainty for its workforce. Source: Timberbiz
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AFS seminars for Brisbane and Melbourne

Australian Sustainable Forest Certification Scheme Seminars will be held in Brisbane and Melbourne in October to provide a general introduction to forest management and chain of custody. Source: Timberbiz
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Queensland budget shines light on Forestry

Agriculture’s future as one of the four pillars of the Queensland economy has been secured in the Newman Government’s first Budget. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh said $442.4 million would be invested into the now stand-alone department. Source: My Sunsh
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