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Canada’s envoy to Washington says President Donald Trump’s administration is interested in a quick deal to end a softwood lumber dispute although Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government sees no imminent agreement. Source: Bloomberg Ambassador David MacNaughton said US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told him it would be good to get a softwood deal before renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, due to begin as early as August. However, MacNaughton said a deal is “a long way away”...
Pumping the forest with CO2 timberbiz - News - 1 day ago
Researchers at a British University have embarked on a decade-long experiment that will pump a forest full of carbon dioxide to measure how it copes with rising levels of the gas – a key driver of climate change. Source: Reuters The Free Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (FACE) experiment at the University of Birmingham’s Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) will expose a fenced-off section of mature woodland – in Norbury Park in Staffordshire, West Midlands – to levels of CO2 that experts predict will...
WorkSafe New Zealand says many of the woodlots on farmland were planted on steep ground which made harvesting these trees highly dangerous. Source: Stuff NZ Woodlots can be dangerous territory for farmers who are better to bring in the professionals when they want them harvested safely. Many of the woodlots were planted 25-40 years ago and are due to be harvested. They were often planted on steep hill country that required skillful and experienced operators to harvest them, WorkSafe chief executive...
Co-firing renewable wood waste timberbiz - News - 1 day ago
Australia is ideally placed to significantly reduce emissions from our coal-fired power stations by co-firing them with renewable wood waste. Source: Timberbiz Reports in Fairfax newspapers that the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) is advocating for the potential of co-firing renewable wood waste to reduce emissions from Australia’s ageing coal power stations as part of Australia’s clean energy future highlights the once-in-a-generation opportunity. “With a readily available supply of organic...
NZ structural log prices hit the highs timberbiz - News - 1 day ago
New Zealand structural log prices have hit their highest level in more than two decades as local mills compete with the export market to secure supply to meet demand from the domestic market. Source: NBR The price for structural S1 logs lifted to NZ$124 a tonne this month from NZ $123 a tonne last month and NZ $114 a tonne at the same time last year, reaching the highest price for the grade since April 1994, according to AgriHQ’s monthly survey of exporters, forest owners and saw millers. “The New...
J-Frame questioned on labelling of LVL timberbiz - News - 1 day ago
A popular brand of timber product used to build Kiwi homes doesn’t meet the strict rules put in place in response to the leaky homes crisis. Source: TVNZ That’s prompted urgent action from government officials. The Commerce Commission has ruled J-Frame is not everything it claims to be. J-Frame is a laminated veneer lumber – or LVL – made up of multiple layers of thin wood glued together. “There isn’t a question mark over whether it is a rotting risk. It’s a question mark over whether it has been...
The company that bought South Australia’s forests five years ago for a price criticised as too cheap is making four times the profits generated under government management. Source: The Herald Sun Then treasurer Jack Snelling oversaw the controversial sale of Forestry SA to OneFortyOne Plantations in 2012 for “a very impressive offer” of $670 million. But documents lodged with the financial regulator show the new owner has been generating annual profits as high as $125.5 million. At that rate it...
Burnie Council hosts forum for forestry timberbiz - News - 1 day ago
The Burnie council in Tasmania recently hosted a forum with key stakeholders in the private forests sector, to get a greater understanding of the current issues and opportunities for future growth for the industry. Source: The Advocate With a large proportion of land in the Burnie municipality used for private forest plantations and associated activities, and a heritage of forest and timber industry, Burnie City Council acknowledges the importance of the forest industry as a vital sector in the...
VicForests was willing to look at making up a shortfall in timber supply to the Australian Sustainable Hardwoods mill in Heyfield. The claim came after the mill’s owner, the Hermal Group, last week announced it would bring forward its closure blaming an expected shortage of timber from VicForests. VicForests acting chief executive Nathan Trushell said it anticipated delivering at least 97% of the requested volume for 2016-17 for the Heyfield mill. “The under supply would represent around one week’s...
Vic Govt of no use in Heyfield options timberbiz - News - 1 day ago
Imported timber could be processed at Heyfield’s timber mill as its owners consider how it might remain open without the assistance of the Victorian Government. Source: The Weekly Times The Weekly Times understands imported plantation timber is among the options Hermal Group is considering to keep the dry mill, or timber manufacturing part of the business open, when its green mill closes in August. It is understood importing timber, using different species and different timber cuts, will be considered...

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