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Co-ordinated funding crucial to manage serious roading issues

June 21st, 2017
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In the June issue of PF Olsen’s Wood Matters newsletter, that company’s CEO, Peter Clark, discusses the impact of forestry on New Zealand roads:
 

Global demand fuelling forestry export growth

June 21st, 2017
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Strong demand from key markets is driving up export growth in forestry products, Associate Primary Industries Minister Louise Upston said in a recent government communication. The government is hoping a bit of funding and some research dollars will take care of the inventory deficit created by this heralded growth.
 

New boom in sustainable, low carbon wood fibre-based alternatives

June 21st, 2017
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Together with a large industrial consortium and the European Regional Development Fund ERDF, VTT technical research centre in Finland has launched a EUR 4.5 million program to demonstrate new wood fibre-based products as alternative solutions for oil-based materials like plastics.
 

Aussie ASH sale as it all turns possum

June 21st, 2017
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According to the Australian media wood supply talks are currently taking place involving Tasmania’s largest private forestry company, Forico, which could help seal the deal for hundreds of timber jobs to be relocated from Victoria to Tasmania.

Responsible sourcing of forest products beneficial for business

June 21st, 2017
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Retail companies with strong responsible forest products sourcing policies are seeing numerous tangible business benefits, demonstrating that sustainability makes business sense, according to a new WWF report.
 

Into the woods: drone goes where no GPS can

June 21st, 2017
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A drone developed by NVIDIA researchers navigates even the most far-flung, unmapped places such as deep in a forest, using only deep learning and computer vision powered by NVIDIA Jetson TX1 embedded AI supercomputers.

Dependable, stable, accurate moisture control measurement

June 14th, 2017
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For those mills having trouble with sawdust and shavings moisture content on their boiler Automation & Control (AE) has announced its association with KDS (North Carolina) The KDS Fuel Tracker has recently been installed in Weyerhaeuser and Jordan Lumber USA. 
 
The Fuel Tracker is for wood fuel applications such as:

New research funding for forestry and climate change

June 14th, 2017
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Erosion, carbon sequestration and adaptive management to climate change are the focus of three new Scion studies funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change fund. Scion is involved in half of projects that were funded in this round, with over $1.3 million set aside for this work. 

Coordination to speed climate change solutions and increase wealth

June 14th, 2017
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The Bioenergy Association says that coordination of effort across all of the sectors could speed up New Zealand’s ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lead to new business opportunities.
 

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