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US Demand for Softwood Lumber is Forecasted to Increase in the Next 15 years
8 May, 2018
Wood resources international
A new study forecasts that softwood lumber consumption in the US will reach all-time highs by 2030. As a consequence, there are likely to be increased investments in production capacity in the US, changes in Canadian lumber trade flows. read more
Hardwood pulp manufacturers in Europe have the highest wood fiber costs in the world
6 May, 2018
wood resources

The wood fiber costs for European hardwood pulp producers started to move upward in late 2017 after having trended downward for over six years, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. Despite the long-term price decline for hardwood pulpwood.

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EP backs national CO2 cuts and forestry plans to meet Paris climate targets
18 April, 2018
EP backs national CO2 cuts and forestry plans to meet Paris climate targets
CO2 emitted by transport, farming, buildings and waste must be cut by 30% across the EU; CO2 emitted and absorbed by forestry and land use must balance out, by 2030. These are the aims of two draft EU laws adopted on Tuesday. read more
The Global Sawlog Price Index has increased by 9.8% during 2017
17 April, 2018
Wood resources international
The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) increased substantially, driven by strengthening lumber markets in both the US and Europe, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. The Euro-based ESPI sawlog price index fell in the 4Q/17 after reaching a two-year peak in the 3Q/17. read more
New forestry, grassland body to improve protections
16 April, 2018
New forestry, grassland body to improve protections
The launch of China's new State Forestry and Grassland Administration was announced on Tuesday as part of the country's institutional reform process. The reorganized Ministry of Natural Resources, which oversees the forestry administration, was also launched. read more
Struggling forests to become sanctuaries
13 April, 2018
Struggling forests to become sanctuaries
Two community forests in Oddar Meanchey province - considered "hot spots" for forestry and wildlife crimes - are set to become a new wildlife sanctuary at the request of provincial authorities.The newly established Sorng Rukhavorn Wildlife Sanctuary... read more
Modest increases in wood fiber costs and a substantial rise in market pulp prices have improved profitability
10 April, 2018
Wood resources
Pulp manufacturers in many countries have seen their wood fiber costs go up during 2017. In the 4Q/17, both the global softwood and hardwood fiber price indices reached their highest levels in over a year, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. read more
Metsa’s intelligent forest
10 April, 2018
Metsa’s intelligent forest
The world of the future must run on renewable raw materials instead of fossil fuels. Wood is the best renewable raw material, and in Finland it grows faster than it is used.Digitalisation is transforming the Finnish forest industry... read more
Trillion-dollar fund for fighting US wildfires
10 April, 2018
Trillion-dollar fund for fighting US wildfires
A deal in the recent U.S. federal spending bill to fund wildfire fighting has drawn praise but also some concern over a provision relaxing rules on cutting trees in national forests. The US$1.3-trillion bill signed by President Donald Trump set up a contingency account for wildfire fighting. read more
US consumption of softwood lumber is likely to reach record-highs by 2030
26 March, 2018
Wood resources international
Higher lumber demand from all end-use sectors in the US in the coming years will result in continued expansion of sawmill capacity in the US South and increased imports from overseas, while Western Canada will reduce its shipments to the US market. For more, see the new report. read more
Global trade of softwood lumber reached a record-high in 2017 as demand for wood continued to increase
23 March, 2018
Wood resources
Trade of softwood lumber reached an all-time-high in 2017 as demand for wood was strong in most key markets around the world. An estimated 126 million m3 of softwood lumber was shipped from forest-rich countries such as Canada, Russia, Sweden and Finland to markets with high consumption... read more
United States hits Canadian forestry industry with more duties
19 March, 2018
United States hits Canadian forestry industry with more duties
The American government hit the Canadian forestry industry with more duties late Tuesday as it upheld counterveiling duties on Canadian newsprint.The United States Department of Commerce said in a statement that a preliminary investigation... read more
Agroforestry key in climate change fight
19 March, 2018
Agroforestry key in climate change fight
Never has it been so pressing to address climate change. So let's hurry to embrace a proven part of the solution. The radical (but not new) concept of agroforestry - be it integrating trees to create shade over coffee bushes, adding trees to Colombian cattle ranches... read more
Forestry industry say talks vital with trade partners over alternative fumigant
14 March, 2018
Forestry industry say talks vital with trade partners over alternative fumigant
Newzeland: A poison used for fumigating logs and timber could be replaced, if forest industry leaders have their way. Methyl bromide has been a standard fumigant for certain& exports for years,but it depletes the ozone and has been accused of causing motor neurone disease. read more
Indian forest areas grow by one per cent through agro forestry
14 March, 2018
Indian forest areas grow by one per cent through agro forestry
A Quarters of India's land has now turned green, as per India State of Forest Report 2017, forests have grown by 8,021 square kilometres from the last survey conducted in 2015. This implies that total of 802,088 square kilometres of the nation which is 24.4 per cent. read more
Tasmanian election: on all sides, forestry is the issue that dare not speak its name
6 March, 2018
Tasmanian election: on all sides, forestry is the issue that dare not speak its name
Labor doesn't want to remind people of its government with the Greens, and the Liberals are shy about a policy even the timber industry doesn't want. The contrast could hardly be greater. In 2014, as Will Hodgman returned the Liberal party to power in Tasmania... read more
Australian forest research breakthrough
26 February, 2018
Australian forest research breakthrough
Australian researchers have developed a world-leading genetic DNA testing system that can predict key commercial attributes of an adult eucalyptus tree from a single seedling leaf, and provide a strong return on investment to forest growers. read more
Agro-forestry as a huge opportunity for UK
21 February, 2018
Agro Forestry
Paul Brannen says Britain needs more trees not least because wood is a raw material that can be used by the emerging bioeconomy; while Peter Price defends Sheffield city council's tree-planting policy John Vidal is absolutely correct in identifying the multiple benefits... read more
Brazil to host dynamic forestry fair
6 February, 2018
Brazil to host dynamic forestry fair
More than 220 companies are confirmed exhibitors at Expoforest 2018. The fourth edition of the fair takes place in April, in a 200-hectare eucalyptus forest in the Ribeirão Preto area.The Brazilian forestry market is one of the few segments that do not directly reflect the country's economic... read more
Winter storm fells 1.3 million cubic metres of trees in Switzerland
2 February, 2018
Winter strom switzerland
The amount of wood derived from trees uprooted by storm Eleanor in the first week of January is 1.3 million cubic metres, according to reports from the Swiss federal environment office (BAFU). Eleanor - known as Burglind in Switzerland. read more
Iceland Is Growing New Forests for the First Time in 1 000 Years
31 January, 2018
Iceland
The landscape of Iceland has changed a lot in a thousand years. When the Vikings first arrived in the ninth century, the land was covered in 25 to 40 percent forest. Within a few centuries, almost all of the island's trees were slashed and burned to make room for farming. read more
Demand for wood eats into European forests
23 January, 2018
Demand for wood eats into European forests
More than half of Europe's forests have disappeared over the past 6000 years thanks to increasing demand for agricultural land and the use of wood as a source of fuel, new research led by the University of Plymouth suggests. read more
UK announces coast to coast forest
17 January, 2018
UK announces coast to coast forest
UK's Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans for a new Northern Forest as part of the Government's 25 Year Environment Plan. Ambitious plans to create a new ‘Northern Forest' along the M62 corridor have been kick-started following an announcement by the Prime Minister. read more
China to create new forests covering area size of Ireland: China Daily
15 January, 2018
China planting forests
China will plant new forests covering an area roughly the size of Ireland this year as it aims to increase forest coverage to 23 percent of its total landmass by the end of the decade, China Daily reported on Friday. Planting trees has become a key part of China's effort... read more
China sets forestry development goals for 2050
15 January, 2018
xinhuanet
China's forestry authority has made a plan to boost the domestic forestry industry and increase its forest resources to the world's average by 2050. The plan unveiled by Zhang Jianlong, chief of State Forestry Administration, at a conference which closed on Friday. read more
Global sawlog prices were higher throughout the world in the 3Q/17 and are likely to trend upward
9 January, 2018
wood resources international
The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) was up 5.1% from the 2Q/17 to the 3Q/17, with the biggest price increases occurring in Europe and Oceania, according to the latest issue of the Wood Resource Quarterly. The Euro-based ESPI sawlog price index has gone up at a slower rate...
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Woodlands Dairy signs the Forest Stewardship Council Vancouver Declaration
14 December, 2017
FSC
Woodlands Dairy a local, Eastern Cape based processor of farm fresh milk, who produce, and package high quality dairy products has become one of the signatories of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) "Vancouver Declaration" which was launched on 10 October 2017. read more
China Timber Supply Outlook
14 December, 2017
RISI
See what's next for the world's largest importer of logs and woodfiber The 6th edition of the China Timber Supply Outlook shows you: Historical trends in China's need for imported woodfiber, in the form of logs, lumber, wood panels, woodchips and pulp. read more
Global Timber and Wood Products Market Update
14 December, 2017
Wood resources
A news brief from Wood Resources International LLC Record high prices for softwood lumber in North America in the 3Q/17 and rising lumber export prices in Sweden, Finland and Russia as lumber demand picks up in key markets, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. read more
The Global Forest Industry in the 3Q/2017
11 December, 2017
Sawlog prices were up in most regions of the world in the 3Q/17. The price increases from the 2Q/17 were generally smaller in the local currencies than in US dollar terms because of the weakening US dollar, according to the latest Wood Resource Quarterly. read more
The forest industry in the US Northwest have been struggling to build log inventories for the winter season
1 December, 2017
wood resources international
Increased competition for small-diameter logs in the four states of the US Pacific Northwest has resulted in a higher share of logs being consumed by sawmills, thus leaving many pulpmills with low log inventory levels going into the 4Q/17, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review.
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Brazil : Exports from the planted tree sector surpass US$ 7 billion through October 2017 (+10.9%)
30 November, 2017
IBA
From January to October of 2017, pulp exports rose 2.9% in comparison with the same period of the previous year, reaching 16.0 million tons sold; exports of wood panels increased by 29.4%, with 1.1 million cubic meters directed toward foreign markets... read more
Half of hardwood chips traded in the Pacific Rim have been destined for China in the 1H/17
24 November, 2017
Wood resources international
Pulpmills in China and Japan continue to rely on large volumes of imported hardwood wood chips from a number of countries around the Pacific Rim. The biggest changes in trade over the past five years, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly, have been the increase... read more
Forest Initiatives Announced in Bonn Target Sustainable Management, Emissions Reductions
23 November, 2017
IISD
Among other forest-related announcements at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, stakeholders launched the Global Platform for the New York Declaration on Forests, and national REDD+ strategies for Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda. read more
Gender balance shifting in B.C. forestry as more women enter industry
23 November, 2017
Gender balance
The gender balance has recently started to tip in British Columbia's forestry industry as more women occupy leadership positions and complete post-secondary studies in one of the province's key sectors. Sally Aitken, associate dean of forestry at the University of British Columbia... read more
Papua New Guinea forestry sector at risk
23 November, 2017
Forestry sector at risk
PNG Forest Industries Association (PNGFIA) executive officer Bob Tate, has warned that the forestry industry is on the brink of disaster, due to weak global prices and rising taxes. Thousands of landowners have already witnessed forestry projects shutting down and royalties disappearing... read more
These Tree-Planting Drones Are About To Start An Entire Forest From The Sky
20 November, 2017
Forests from the sky
Villages have spent years replanting mangroves along the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. Now their work will go much faster, with some help from above. For the past five years, a group of villagers in the delta of the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar has painstakingly planted... read more
Six Asian countries regulating timber imports
13 November, 2017
Timber imports
In the past 12 months, Japan, the Republic of Korea, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia have all taken steps to develop import regulations designed to keep illegally logged timber out of their markets. In most cases, timber import regulations give governments the power... read more
UNFCCC, FAO and IFAD Outline Challenges and Opportunities for Agriculture and Forestry at COP 23
10 November, 2017
IISD
Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) are responsible for almost one quarter of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Reducing emissions from agriculture, food systems and forestry, therefore features high on the agenda of the Bonn Climate Conference. read more
Lucrative log markets in China have resulted in a tripling of softwood log export volumes from Australia the past four years, reports WRQ
7 November, 2017
Wood resources international
Timberland owners in Australia are increasingly exploring opportunities for the exportation of logs as an alternative to selling logs in the domestic market. From 2012 to 2016, the export volume was up 300%, and 2017 is likely to set a new record high. read more
Brazilian planted tree industry - Trade balance for the sector grows 12.1%
27 October, 2017
IBA
The trade balance for the Brazilian planted tree industry surpassed US$ 5.5 billion from January to September of 2017, a growth of 12.1% compared to the same period of 2016. During the first nine months of the year, the industry recorded US$ 6.3 billion in exports... read more
Radiata pine genome assembly completed - a world first
27 October, 2017
Scion
In a world first, Scion scientists have completed a draft assembly of the radiata pine genome. This marks the beginning of a new era of precision forestry for a critically important species. Dr Emily Telfer, who leads the project, says, "The completion of the genome assembly... read more
Australia increasing log exports
25 October, 2017
Timberbiz
Timberland owners in Australia are increasingly exploring opportunities for the exportation of logs as an alternative to selling logs in the domestic market. From 2012 to 2016, the export volume was up 300%, and 2017 is likely to set a new record high. read more
NZ forestry to hit speed bumps
25 October, 2017
Timberbiz
New Zealand's forestry sector is heading into 2018 with some speed wobbles, following stellar times during the past almost two years. Chinese demand and an easing in competition from some other countries has seen forestry notch up some its best log export prices in years... read more
World first ground-breaking research announced for forestry industry
20 October, 2017
Ground breaking research
A world-first scientific breakthrough that could revolutionise the forestry industry was announced at the Forest Growers Research Conference in Christchurch. Scion scientists revealed at the conference on Tuesday that they have completed a "draft assembly" of the radiata pine genome... read more
Slash and build: Study aids forestry biofuel industry
13 October, 2017
Washington State
Researchers from Washington State University, along with those from Oregon State University and the University of Montana, have recently devised refined methods to estimate the amount of forest residue - the leftovers from trees after logging - that is available for wood-based biorefineries to use. read more
Three RISI Special Studies of global markets
4 October, 2017
RISI

Essential Intelligence, Actionable Forecasts: Look Inside Fiber and Timberland Markets

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Brazil: Production and exports of forest products grow in 2017
3 October, 2017
IBA
The results for exports and production from the planted tree sector are positive for the first eight months of 2017. In comparison with this same period last year, exports of pulp rose 4.9%, wood panels 30.4%, and paper 0.6%. This performance led to growth in the production of pulp and paper... read more
Lumber production costs in Brazil, Russia and Finland have fallen in 2017
27 September, 2017
Wood resources international
The sawmill margins to cover non-wood costs and profits have been squeezed in a number of countries in the first half of 2017 because of relatively higher raw-material costs and lower lumber prices, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. read more
Choosing the right stand densities and tree genetics
27 September, 2017
Friday offcuts
Forest owners and managers can increase log quality, yield and total value by up to $16,000 per hectare by choosing the right tree spacing and best genetically improved tree stocks for their forest stands. A team of Scion scientists in New Zealand have carried out end-of-rotation assessments. read more

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