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
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Australia’s Westpac Bank is financing some of the Pacific's most unsustainable and destructive logging operations and has provided loans to companies in the Solomon Islands linked to illegal tree felling. Sources: Brisbane Times, Sydney Morning
Research to improve wood adhesives through the use of nanotechnology earned Dr Joseph Jakes a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).
Jakes is a research materials engineer and his exploration of wood at the nanoscale has resulted in the development of
Papua New Guinea's new government has been handed a report into an alleged giveaway of the country's tropical forests. The present caretaker prime minister, Mr Peter O'Neill, initiated a commission of inquiry into controversial forestry concessions granted over the previous decade whe
A New Zealand-first zipline canopy tour through virgin native forest will open for business on the Mamaku Plateau near Rotorua. Rotorua Canopy Tours will take visitors deep into the New Zealand bush on an incredible journey from forest floor to canopy via a network of walking trails,
Harvard University is reaping the rewards of investing in plantation forests in New Zealand when forestry investments were unfashionable. At a CNBC Delivering Alpha Conference Jane Mendillo, chief executive of Harvard Management Company, said she really liked natural resources, and in
Gunns is raising $64 million through the sale of part of its stake in a plantation forest investment trust. The company has told the Stock Exchange it will sell 58 per cent of its stake in the Green Triangle Forest Trust, which owns plantations in Victoria and South Australia. Sources