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

Global financial meltdown haunts the huge Australian woodchip trade to North Asia

For decades the Japanese pulp industry has been remarkably resilient in its use of imported hardwood chips, even as global pulp demand cycles waxed and waned. Indeed, in 2008 a record 12.3 million BDMT's of hardwood chips were imported with Australia being the largest supplier, deliv
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Horse saves farmer from firey death

A farmer who faced death as a ring of fire descended on his rural Victorian property says his prized horse saved him by knocking him into a creek.
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Weyerhaeuser’s Q4 loss widens on charges

Timber and forest product maker Weyerhaeuser Co has reported a wider fourth-quarter net loss, hit by goodwill and asset impairment charges. On an adjusted basis, the company posted a loss, compared with a profit last year, reflecting the impact of adverse market conditions.
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Black Friday anniversary renews importance of ongoing bushfire research

AUSTRALIA’S PEAK fire management and research organizations are calling for ongoing support for scientific research to deal with the bushfires.
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Government package brings new hope

THE FEDERAL Government’s $42 billion economic stimulus package has been seen as a lifeline for the future for many in the forest and timber and associated industries. First announcements of the rescue package brought hope. Then hopes were dashed when the Opposition tried to block the
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Forest fuel load to blame for fires: Tuckey

OUTSPOKEN federal Liberal MP Wilson Tuckey has blamed the major parties for Victoria's bushfire tragedy, saying it's been caused by politicians pandering to green votes.
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Bushfire death toll continues to rise

Victoria Police can now confirm that 108 people have died as a result of bushfires across the state.
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Perryman seeks assurance on forestry sale

Mount Gambier mayor and Liberal candidate for Mount Gambier, Steve Perryman, has called on Labor Government Forestry Minister Rory McEwen to provide assurance the proposed upfront sale of three rotations of ForestrySA plantations is in the best interests of the region.
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An important forum in the recession

The forest industry’s economic situation and market conditions have been radically affected in recent months. Despite this, interest in the world’s biggest forestry fair, Elmia Wood 3–6 June, is still high.
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