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Australia’s forestry sector continues to break records
26 May, 2017
Australia's forestry sector is continuing to enjoy some of the best conditions in its history, according to a report released today by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). The report, Australian forest and wood products statistics... read more
Timber! Loggers hope to fire up chain saws with help of Trump, GOP-run Congress
25 May, 2017
Western timber industry leaders have new hope for easier logging in national forests, aided by their Capitol Hill allies and perhaps the still-shorthanded Trump administration. With devoutly conservative Republicans from California and Utah chairing forest-related congressional panels... read more
Northland forestry shortage: 50 jobs available
18 May, 2017
NZ Herald

A global demand for logs and competition for workers in primary industries have left Northland with an acute shortage of labourers in the forestry sector- a situation that may delay planting and harvesting of trees. At least 50 workers to perform a variety of jobs such as machine operators...


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North American Forest Sector Launches New Effort with Open Invitation
16 May, 2017
Two sides
Today members of the North American Forest Partnership, a diverse group of individuals, companies, state agencies, the U.S. Forest Service, non-profits and professional organizations committed to the management of sustainable, healthy forests, launched a first-of-its-kind communications... read more
Jobs go begging in NZ forestry
16 May, 2017
A global demand for logs and competition for workers in primary industries have left Northland with an acute shortage of labourers in the forestry sector- a situation that may delay planting and harvesting of trees. At least 50 workers to perform a variety of jobs such as machine operators... read more
High Lumber Prices in the US and up to 24% Import Tariffs on Canadian Lumber Will Increase Lumber Imports
15 May, 2017
Wood resources international
High import tariffs on Canadian lumber to the US are likely to increase US lumber production and boost shipments from overseas in 2017, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Another outcome of the countervailing duties is that Canadian lumber companies will probably... read more
State Govt. Partners FRIN To Revive Forest Reserves
4 May, 2017
PM News
Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo says his administration will partner with the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN) to regenerate and protect the forest reserves in the state. The governor said this while receiving senior management staff of the research institute at Government... read more
Sawlog, pulpwood, chip and biomass prices and trade in North America
3 May, 2017
wood resources international
Wood raw-material costs account for 50-70% of the production costs when manufacturing lumber, pulp and wood pellets.  With the constant changes in the sawlog, wood chip and biomass markets and their impact on a variety of business decisions, I wanted to draw your attention to one of our quarterly... read more
Sawmills in Quebec and Ontario are running at record high levels
3 May, 2017
Wood resources international
Record high production at sawmills in Ontario and Quebec in 2016 has generated large volumes of residues in the two provinces, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review. In the past that would have been good news for the local pulp industry, but with a declining pulp and paper sector... read more
European sawlog prices declining; ESPI Index down 6.6% over two years
25 April, 2017
wood resources
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 sawmills in Eastern Europe. read more
Oita Prefecture embarks on ‘smart forestry’ initiative
12 April, 2017
Japan times
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 the use of mechanization read more
New forestry skills and development programme unveiled
11 April, 2017
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 in the Wicklow Mountains... read more
Liberia, EU Sign Agreement to Strengthen Forestry Sector
11 April, 2017
Front page Africa
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
7 April, 2017
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
5 April, 2017
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 2.2 million tons were traded. read more
Obtala group prepares to expand forestry business in Mozambique
4 April, 2017
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
4 April, 2017
wood resources
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 Finland, Sweden and Turkey. read more
Forestry training offered in Shuswap
28 March, 2017
Salmon arm observer
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 forestry sector... read more
The WRQ Trade Snapshots – a new data service from WRI
23 March, 2017
wood resources
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 and market commentary... 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.
22 March, 2017
Wood resources international
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 countries are sawmill... read more
Enhancing the trinity of environmental conservation, communities and economic growth
22 March, 2017
The new times
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; import substitution... read more
Trimble acquires Finnish forestry solutions companies
21 March, 2017
Friday offcuts
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, collaboration and workflow automation... read more
Amazon Rainforest – a garden that got out of hand
9 March, 2017
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 first ancient... read more
Global trade of softwood lumber has gone up 66 percent in seven years
9 March, 2017
Wood Resources
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 shipments the past seven... read more
Chile: 70,000 ha forest plantations affected by fires
8 March, 2017
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 February on the basis...
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Labour shortages limiting forest contracting
7 March, 2017
Friday offcuts
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 Contractors Association... read more
The Global Timber and Forest Industry This Quarter - a WRQ Brief
6 March, 2017
Wood resources international
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 4Q/15 but over 13% lower...
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Battle lines drawn in new round of the 'forest wars'
21 February, 2017
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 Regional Forest Agreements... read more
China Forestry in court
15 February, 2017
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
15 February, 2017
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
14 February, 2017
New York Times
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 in places like Oregon's... read more
Three new sections at the world's biggest forestry fair
13 February, 2017
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
13 February, 2017
Forest service Thumb
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
9 February, 2017
ABC News
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 have no choice but to shut down... read more
Severe shortage of forestry workers in Japan
9 February, 2017
Forest Business
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 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. read more
Low wood fiber costs in Brazil have continued to attract investments in pulp capacity
2 February, 2017
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 capacity with a...
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Global Timber and Wood Products Market Update
2 February, 2017
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 lumber in 2016... read more
13% increase in Brazilian exports of wood products
26 January, 2017
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 pine sawnwood... read more
The European Sawlog Price Index reached its lowest level in six years
23 January, 2017
Wood Resources International
The European Sawlog Price Index reached its lowest level in six years in the 3Q/16 because of lower lumber demand and reduced prices in both domestic and export markets, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly  read more
Hardwood pulpwood prices in Brazil, Indonesia, Australia and Chile increased during the fall
23 January, 2017
Wood Resources International
Hardwood pulpwood prices in Brazil, Indonesia, Australia and Chile increased during the fall, resulting in a 5.6% jump of the HFPI price index from the 1Q/16 to the 3Q/16, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly read more
China’s Softwood Imports Expected to Grow Continually
23 January, 2017
Wood South China
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Sawlog prices have trended downward throughout the world over the past two years
23 January, 2017
Wood Resources International
Sawlog prices have trended downward throughout the world over the past two years with the GSPI Index being 14.3% lower in the 3Q/16 than in the 3Q/14, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly read more
Interpol says corruption in forestry worth $29b
17 January, 2017
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 coordinating law enforcement effort... read more
North American wood fiber prices have trended downward for most of 2015 and 2016.
16 January, 2017
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 the US Northwest and... read more
Australia and China forestry co-operation
15 January, 2017
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 Foresters Australia National President... read more
Sweden VS. Russia on China’s Timber Export?
13 January, 2017
Wood South China

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 exceeding our expectations,"

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NZ big private forestry land for sale
27 November, 2016

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 Wairarapa districts..

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Wood pellet imports to the UK fell 24% year-over-year in August
8 November, 2016
wood resources
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 increased eight-fold since 2012.    
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Timber harvests in the US have increased by ten percent from 2011 to 2015
28 October, 2016
wood resources
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 International based on derived log consumption by the forest industry in the US... read more
The WRQ Trade Snapshots – Regular Updates of Global Forest Products Trade!
27 October, 2016
wood resources
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 markets around world. This fall we are launching the WRQ Trade Snapshots... read more

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