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Latest timber industry news, updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Contract systems leave forest contractors out on a limb

UNFAIR CONTRACTUAL conditions such as no minimum quotas are taking their toll on an already depressed forest contracting workforce, according to Ferdie Kroon, Tasmanian Forest Contractors Association (TCFA) chief executive officer.
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Long-term research paves the way for better productivity

FIFTEEN YEARS of research by scientists across Australia has significantly improved the opportunities for farmers and catchment managers to make farm forestry a profitable and productive component of their business.
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Machinery for energy wood selling well despite global financial downturn

Andrew Lang's special report on Elmia highlights the focus on machinery development bringing down the cost of harvesting and extracting thinnings by 30% per m3 extracted. This, among other major points, is a not-to-be-missed article in the latest edition of Australian Forests & T
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World line-up of sawing expertise coming to Australasia

A BIANNUAL study jointly prepared by International Wood Markets Group out of Canada with input from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Beck Group, has just released the Global Lumber/Sawn Wood Cost Benchmarking Report. From sawmilling cost data collected from mills in more than 29 countr
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Prestigious science award for Tasmanian botanist

TASMANIAN BOTANIST Professor Brad Potts has been awarded the 2008 Clarke Medal for his cutting edge research on the evolutionary biology and breeding of eucalypts. The Clarke Medal has been awarded by the Royal Society of New South Wales since 1878 for distinguished research in natura
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AFL stars gear up to tackle planting duties on National Tree Day

Australian Football League (AFL) players, legends and Toyota ambassadors James Hird, Jonathan Brown, Luke Hodge, Matt Maguire and Brian Taylor are swapping footy talk for tree talk in support of Toyota’s tenth year of involvement in Planet Ark’s National Tree Day this year.
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Early warning system could help in fight against fires

AN EARLY warning system that can detect a fire within five minutes of it starting, alert fire personnel with an SMS of the exact location and send real-time imagery of the fire could be the answer to Australia’s quest to protect communities from future bushfire devastation.
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Tarkine Forest Adventures closed during August

Tarkine Forest Adventures will close for the month of August to allow a number of potentially dangerous tree limbs to be removed. The closure will be effective from 3-28 August.
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Forest fire forces evacuation of 6,500 homes in western Canadian

VANCOUVER, July 19 (Xinhua) -- The forest fire in Kelowna, Canada's western province of British Columbia (B.C.), is spreading rapidly, forcing emergency evacuation of 6,500 homes and damaging nine houses, the provincial Ministry of Forests said Sunday.
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