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

ABARES shows increase in log harvesting

The volume of logs harvested in Australia increased by 3.6 per cent in 2010–11, the first increase in three years taking the total value of logs harvested in 2010-11 to over $1.8 billion. Source: Timberbiz
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Indonesia’s bucket load of trouble

Greenpeace International has published a report that KFCs chicken buckets and other paper products are denuding Indonesia’s rain forests. Source: The Mail Online
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Ta Ann cuts workforce in Malaysia

Timber conglomerate Ta Ann Holdings in Malaysia is expecting its labour cost to drastically increase once the national minimum wage policy is implemented. Source: The Star Online
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US timber investments restructured

Historically, timber acreage has appreciated at a rate that outpaces inflation in the US. This has made many who expect a coming bout of inflation to invest in timber acreage. Lately just like most other commodities and natural resources timber prices have come under pressure. Source:
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Singapore hosts US hardwood conference

Architects and designers will be gathering in Singapore from June 14-17 2012 for the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) Southeast Asia and Greater China Convention. Source: Timberbiz
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CSIRO also with mining industry group

Following the CSIRO’s decision to pay $10,000 membership to the Australian Forest Products Association it has conceded that it suffers from a policy gap when it comes to its relationships with industry groups and it now conducting a review to address this. Sources: ABC Radio and Radio
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Carbon Conscious plants 10 million trees

More than 10,000 hectares of mallee eucalypt trees are being planted as part of one of the largest carbon forestry projects in Australia. Sources: Timberbiz, Stock Journal
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Lend Lease beats Grocon in CLT

Lend Lease will construct the first high-rise building using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) in Australia at Docklands in Melbourne. The project is due for completion in October 2012 and the company aims to develop 30-50 per cent of its apartments using CLT. Source: Timberbiz
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Forestry Tasmania sends residues to China

The Tasmanian Government has confirmed that Forestry Tasmania (FT), in partnership with the private sector, is sending a small quantity of export peeler quality blackwood logs to China. Source: Timberbiz
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