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European sawlog prices declining; ESPI Index down 6.6% over two years
Sawlog prices in Europe have been trending downward over the past three years from their record high levels in 2014. The biggest price drops have occurred in the Nordic countries and in Central Europe, while the log costs have fallen slightly less for saw read more
Oita Prefecture embarks on ‘smart forestry’ initiative
OITA - With forestry workers growing older, Oita Prefecture has embarked on a "smart forestry" initiative to reduce workloads, partly through the use of drones. Forests cover 72 percent of the prefecture, with most of them cultivated plantations. Despite read more
New forestry skills and development programme unveiled
A new Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme for foresters has been unveiled by the Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle. The programme was launched by Minister Doyle at the Society of Irish Foresters (SIF) AGM read more
Liberia, EU Sign Agreement to Strengthen Forestry Sector
The Government of Liberia has signed a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the European Union to boost and strengthen the country's forestry sector. The agreement was signed by Ambassador Tina Intelmann, Head of the European Union delegation... read more
Positive outlook for forestry sector
Associate Primary Industries Minister Louise Upston has welcomed new forecasts showing forestry export revenue set to rise further over the next two financial years. The Ministry for Primary Industries' first quarterly update of its Situation Outlook... read more
Cenários Ibá: exports continue to grow in the planted tree sector
April 4, 2017 - The export volume from the Brazilian planted tree industry registered a positive performance during the first quarter of 2017. Pulp exports totaled 2.3 million tons in January and February of 2017, up 3.4% over the same period of 2016 when read more
Obtala group prepares to expand forestry business in Mozambique
The Obtala Limited group plans to make use of the closed forestry season in Mozambique to lay the foundations to expand its business and increase productivity of the ongoing operations in the country, the group said in a statement issued on Monday. read more
New record high for globally traded wood chips in 2016
Over the past 15 years, global trade of wood chips has gone up almost 75%, mainly because of major expansion of pulp capacity in China, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. By far the two largest importing countries are China and Japan, followed by Finlan read more
Forestry training offered in Shuswap
The B.C. government is committing $749,872 to help unemployed people find forestry jobs through a paid training opportunity with Okanagan College. The funding will give up to 16 people in Revelstoke and the Shuswap 16 weeks of paid training in the forestr read more
The WRQ Trade Snapshots – a new data service from WRI
Subscribe to the Wood Resource Quarterly and receive global forest products trade updates 3-5 times per month! The 52-page market report, the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ), established in 1988 and with subscribers in over 30 countries, publishes prices an read more
Almost 50% of the fiber feedstock for wood pellet plants in the US South was industry and forest residues in the 1Q/17.
Wood pellet manufacturers in both the US and Canada are increasingly diversifying their feedstock to reduce fiber costs and take advantage of less utilized fiber sources, according to analysis by Wood Resources International. The key fiber furnish in both read more
Enhancing the trinity of environmental conservation, communities and economic growth
New Forest Company is Rwanda's fast growing and only forestry and value added wood products company pursuing a triple bottom line investment model and simultaneously supporting the government's economic strategy of job creation; poverty alleviation; impor read more
Trimble acquires Finnish forestry solutions companies
Trimble announced earlier this month that they have acquired the forestry business of Savcor Oy, a global supplier of forestry solutions for performance optimization and enterprise management as well as Silvadata, a provider of cloud-based data, collabora read more
Amazon Rainforest – a garden that got out of hand
Scientists have worked out how the mysterious Amazon Rainforest began 8000 years ago. Turns out it was a simple gardening experiment that got way out of hand. Secrets of the Amazon - including uncontracted tribes - remain more than 10,000 years after the read more
Global trade of softwood lumber has gone up 66 percent in seven years
Global softwood lumber trade increased 12 percent year-over-year to reach a new record-high of 121 million m3 in 2016, per estimates by WRI. Since the global financial recession in 2009, there has been a steady climb in international trade of lumber, with read more
Chile: 70,000 ha forest plantations affected by fires
Forest fires which broke out in central Chile in mid-January destroyed a total of 556,000 ha forest and grassland by the end of the month. Of this figure, 70,000 ha of forest plantations were affected. This was reported by Spanish news agency EFE on 1 Feb read more
Labour shortages limiting forest contracting
The leading professional group for loggers in New Zealand says their members are being challenged by the lack of young skilled people available to work in rural areas, but the solution is not likely to be importing the people with skills. Forest Industry read more
The Global Timber and Forest Industry This Quarter - a WRQ Brief
Excerpts from the 4Q 2015 issue of the Wood Resource Quarterly. To subscribe to the full 52-page market report, please visit www.woodprices.com. Special report: Global Trade of Wood Chips in 2017. The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) was up 1.4 % in the 4 read more
Battle lines drawn in new round of the 'forest wars'
The battle lines in the long-running 'forest wars' between environment groups and the timber industry are being drawn again, with Victoria and Tasmania once again set to become the main battlegroundsThe renewed tensions are surfacing as contentious Region read more
China Forestry in court
Hong Kong's securities regulator has filed a suit against Standard Chartered Plc (STAN.L), UBS Group AG (UBSG.S) and four other parties over the 2009 IPO of timber company China Forestry Holdings Co Ltd (0930.HK), according to court documents. read more
Renewable forest products can help economy
Global production of all major wood products grew for the sixth consecutive year in 2015, with increases in production volumes of up to 8 percent, according to new data published by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (UN FAO). read more
Are forests a good investment
Trees don't watch the stock market. Forests keep growing - and potentially increasing their value - even when inflation surges or the market swoons. Big investors, like university endowments and insurance companies, have long allocated money to timberland read more
Three new sections at the world's biggest forestry fair
The new Load & Transport section includes everything to do with raw material logistics from the forest to industry. Four months before Elmia Wood opens, the organisers confirm it will be the world's biggest forestry fair ever. read more
U.S. Forest Service 2017 International Seminars and Workshops
The U.S. Forest Service International Programs and our partners are pleased to announce ten international seminars opportunities in 2017: INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON PROTECTED AREA MANAGEMENT (June 27, 2017 - July 17, 2017) read more
Push for plantation to replace native timber
A forestry expert says the Victorian timber industry could be at risk of collapse after decades of mismanagement of native resources. The owner of Australia's largest hardwood sawmill in Heyfield in Victoria's Gippsland region announced last week it would read more
Severe shortage of forestry workers in Japan
Japan is suffering a severe shortage of forestry workers at a time when many trees planted after World War II have grown enough and now need to be cut down. Demand for domestic timber is expected to grow partly for use in facilities related to the 2020 To read more
Low wood fiber costs in Brazil have continued to attract investments in pulp capacity
Brazil's pulp sector has for over two decades had some of the lowest wood fiber costs in the world, making the industry highly competitive, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. The low production costs have resulted in major investments in pulp production read more
Global Timber and Wood Products Market Update
Strong demand for wood in China in the second half of 2016 resulted in both record high imports of softwood lumber and logs, and increased import prices, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Seattle, USA. China imported record-high volumes of softwood lum read more
13% increase in Brazilian exports of wood products
In September 2016, the Brazilian exports of wood products (except pulp and paper) increased 13% in value compared to September 2015, from $209.5 million to $237 million, as reported by ITTO (the International Tropical Timber Organization). The value of pi read more
The European Sawlog Price Index reached its lowest level in six years
Declining demand and prices for softwood lumber, together with reduced log trade have resulted in lower sawlog prices in Europe over the past two years with the ESPI sawlog prices index reaching its lowest point since 2010, according to the Wood Resource read more
Hardwood pulpwood prices in Brazil, Indonesia, Australia and Chile increased during the fall
Hardwood fiber prices have slowly turned around this year with the HFPI price index being up 5.6% from the 1Q/16 to the 3Q/16, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. The softwood fiber price index SFPI fell in the 3Q/16 both because of lower costs in l read more
China’s Softwood Imports Expected to Grow Continually
The global trade of softwood has been in a steady rise in the past few years. Statistics suggests that one of the major markets that has been driving this growth in trade is China which has been the world's biggest importer of softwood since 2014. read more
Sawlog prices have trended downward throughout the world over the past two years
The GSPI sawlog price index fell again in the 3Q/16 and was 21% below its all-time high five years ago, as reported in the Wood Resource Quarterly. Over the past two years, sawlog prices have fallen far more in Europe than in North America, where prices read more
Interpol says corruption in forestry worth $29b
Interpol says corruption in global forestry sector worth $US29 billion every year. The international police organization Interpol released a report that highlights the scale of corruption in the global forestry sector as well as the importance of coordina read more
North American wood fiber prices have trended downward for most of 2015 and 2016.
Wood fiber costs for pulpmills in Canada and the US have fallen over the past year as a result of higher availability of residual chips from the continent's sawmills, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review. The biggest price declines have been in th read more
Australia and China forestry co-operation
Cooperation between Australia and China countries in the field of forestry has been germinating for some time, but the first signs of real strength and maturity in the relationship are upon us according to the Institute of Foresters. Institute of Forester read more
Sweden VS. Russia on China’s Timber Export?
As the rapid growth in timber exports to China is showing no signs of slowing down, the Swedish Forest Industries Federation has predicted a 40 per cent increase in 2016. "Imports of timber products into China has really taken off in recent years, far exc read more
NZ big private forestry land for sale
One of New Zealand's biggest privately owned forestry land portfolios is for sale, comprising five separate plantations in the Lower North Island. Source: New Zealand Herald The portfolio encompasses more than 3061ha of trees spread across Manawatu and Wa read more
Wood pellet imports to the UK fell 24% year-over-year in August
Wood pellet imports to the United Kingdom have gone up dramatically the past five years and are likely to reach a new all-time-high in 2016, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. The US South is the main supplying region with shipments having read more
Timber harvests in the US have increased by ten percent from 2011 to 2015
Seattle, USA. According to official statistics, the US timber harvests were practically the same in 2015 as in 2011, coming in at 355 million m3. This appears to be quite low considering the log demand by the US forest industry. Analysis by Wood Resources read more
The WRQ Trade Snapshots – Regular Updates of Global Forest Products Trade!
The 52-page market report, the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ), established in 1988 & with subscribers in over 30 countries, publishes prices and market commentary for softwood lumber, softwood logs, pulpwood, wood chips and wood pellets for the major marke read more
Pulpwood prices were up in the 2Q/16 after having declined for seven consecutive quarters, according to the WRQ
Wood fiber costs currently account for almost 60% of the cash costs when manufacturing wood pulp. Prices for both wood chips and pulplogs have trended downward for a long time, but this came to an abrupt halt in the 2Q/16 when the softwood price index ros read more
China’s Imports of Wood Product Expected to Surge
China has always been one of the biggest wood product importers in the world. In the first half of 2016, over 50% of China's wood products are imported and the imports of wood, wood-based panels and wooden furniture have all jumped noticeably compare with read more
Understanding forest land use study
This is the key objective of a PhD research project that has just been developed at the New Zealand School of Forestry, University of Canterbury. This research is being conducted by a Vietnamese central government employee & funding for the work has been read more
The WRQ Trade Snapshots – Regular Updates of Global Forest Products Trade!
The 52-page market report, the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ), established in 1988 and with subscribers in over 30 countries, publishes prices and market commentary for softwood lumber, softwood logs,pulpwood, wood chips and wood pellets for the major mark read more
Softwood lumber prices have trended upward around the world the first six months of 2016
Demand for softwood lumber has gone up in many markets around the world in 2016, resulting in a substantial increase in global lumber trade. With very few exceptions, the major importing countries have imported more lumber during the first six months this read more
The global timber price index GSPI was up 4.2% in the 2Q/16 after having fallen to the lowest level since 2009 in early 2016
Higher sawlog prices in Russia, Brazil, Germany and British Columbia in the 2Q/16 contributed to the first increase of the GSPI sawlog price index in over two year, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. An increase in lumber demand and slightly higher log read more
Brexit rattles RI-European timber trade prospects
Shortly after the UK people voted on June 24 to leave the European Union, the country witnessed a change of prime minister and economic uncertainties radiated around the globe. For timber traders and advocates of environmental sustainability in Indonesia read more
The prices for globally traded hardwood chips fell to a record low
Global trade of hardwood chips have trended upward for 6 years & totaled almost 24 million tons in 2015. By far, the 2 largest wood chip-importing markets are Japan & China, both countries with limited forest resources to supply the pulp industry with suf read more
Sawlog prices in Austria and Germany have fallen to their lowest levels in 10 years
Prices for domestic and imported sawlogs in Austria and Germany have fallen during 2015 and 2016 to levels not seen in ten years, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. While domestic log prices have declined, they are still among the highest in Europe... read more
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