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

MDBA Plan unfairly targets plantation forestry

The Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) proposed plan for the Basin unfairly targets plantation forestry, threatening a vital rural and regional industry, according to the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA). AFPA Chief Executive David Pollard said the plantation industr
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Over $150,000 now available through FWPA Scholarships program

Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) is offering a number of opportunities to students to support their studies in the forest and wood products sector in 2012. These programs have been developed as part of FWPA’s commitment to building skills capacity to promote careers in the fo
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Decision support tools profiled for Australian foresters

As well as the very latest data collection, mapping and inventory tools that have already been detailed in a previous update, forest management and estate planning have also been added to this year’s ForestTECH 2011 series. Like remote sensing, foresters involved in the design of this
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Recommended closure of Norske Skog Follum

Norske Skog's corporate management recommends to the board of directors to maintain full operations at the mills in Skogn and Halden for the time being, but to close down production at Norske Skog Follum. Management's plan means that production at Follum will cease no later than 31 Ma
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World’s largest sandalwood plantation established in Western Australia

With global demand for sandalwood products continuing to strengthen, Perth-based company WA Sandalwood Plantations has established what is believed to be the world’s largest single sandalwood plantation, located east of Perth in the State’s central wheatbelt. With site preparation wor
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Trucks in action in real forest settings at AUSTimber 2012

AUSTimber 2012 in March next year will be providing the trucking industry with their first opportunity in at least 20 years to take their customers on demo drives in real forest settings. Truck exhibitors will be able to take their customers on a test drive around a variety of differ
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Let’s curb illegal logging but not at the expense of local industry

Australia’s peak forest industry body, the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA), supports measures to curb the importation of illegally logged forest products to Australia, but says it is important that such measures do not impose unnecessary and costly regulation on the dome
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ForestrySA works plan curbs vandalism at Hell’s Hole

A year-long works program has allowed ForestrySA to put a stop to ongoing vandalism occurring at the popular tourist attraction ‘Hell’s Hole’, in the Green Triangle. Long a target of vandals, Hell’s Hole is located within ForestrySA’s Mount Gambier Forest district, just 17km South of
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AUSTimber 2012 – News

Komatsu Forest Managing Director inspects AUSTimber 2012 site Recently Mike Jones, Managing Director of Komatsu Forest (Australia) flew to Mount Gambier to meet with AUSTimber 2012 staff and plan the Komatsu Forest Exhibition sites. After viewing the sites for the forwarder competiti
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