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Latest timber industry news, updated on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Tasmania granted Future Forest help

Two significant research facilities will be developed at the University of Tasmania thanks to a $5 million grant announced by the Gillard Government. Source: Timberbiz
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Institute of Foresters critical of IVG

The Institute of Foresters of Australia has released a paper titled Critique of the Work of the Independent Verification Group saying the IFA has been ignored throughout the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement process (IGA). Source: Timberbiz
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SA forest deal is closer

The Future Fund-backed The Campbell Group, US-based Hancock Natural Resource Group, and Sydney-based New Forests have commenced detailed due diligence on ForestrySA. Sources: Australian Financial Review, The Stock Journal
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Abbott against clearfelling

Parliamentary secretary for forestry Sid Sidebottom has attacked opposition leader Tony Abbott over logging. Source: The Weekly Times
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Biomass gas for Texas

Biomass gasification is being considered as a possible technology for converting 60 million acres of Texas brush into biofuel, according to Dr Jim Ansley, Texas AgriLife Research rangeland ecologist in the US. Source: North Texas eNews
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Russia spies on its forests

A global provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions announced it would significantly expand delivery of high-resolution imagery to Roslesinforg, a division of the Federal Forestry Agency of Russia. Source: Market Watch
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Masters webstore goes live

After announcing early this year that the Masters hardware stores would offer an online product the company has now gone live with its website. Source: Power Retail
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QMI clinic on carbon tax efficiency

QMI Solutions will be running a breakfast clinic on how to improve energy and water efficiency for manufacturers in the lead-up to the carbon tax. The clinic will be held at the Burke & Wills Hotel in Toowoomba on Wednesday 13 June 2012 from 7am to 9.30am. Source: Timberbiz
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Mallee biofuel closer to reality

Interest in converting mallee eucalypts into fuel for aircraft has given added impetus to the commercial biofuel industry. Source: The Weekly Times Now
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