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Dutch forestry enthusiast leads way to Elmia Wood

AT ELMIA Wood 2009 Dutch nationals were the third-largest group of foreign visitors from outside the Nordic area. Yet the Netherlands is better known for growing tomatoes and tulips than trees. The man behind this interest in the fair is Johan Burgers, Elmia Wood’s first ambassador. Source: Timberbiz
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Illegal wood found in Chinese hands

The preservation of the world’s forests is in China’s hands according to an environmental campaign group that is accusing the biggest wood importer and consumer of fuelling the illegal timber trade. Sources: Mysinchew, Construction Source
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Jamaica, no it imports its wood

Jamaica imports around US$ 3 billion worth of lumber each year, despite the island being known as the ‘land of wood and water’. This has forced at least one local producer of lumber to appeal to more Jamaicans to invest in the planting of lumber trees. Source: Jamaica Observer
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Google Treemetrics to see the wood and the trees

There are two forestry entrepreneurs whose software is revolutionising the harvesting of timber. A UK company is leading a quiet revolution to change the global forestry industry. Source: Independent (UK)
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US now world’s biggest wood pellet exporter

The US surpassed Canada as the largest wood pellet exporter in the world in the first half of 2012, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. The expansion of wood pellet capacity in the US South has enabled the growth. Source: Timberbiz
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Canberra wood burn again

The ACT Liberals have pledged to overturn a ban on wood heaters in the Molonglo Valley if they win next month’s election. Liberal leader Zed Seselja said the government, supported by the Greens, was turning the territory into a ”nanny state”. Source: The Canberra Times
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THRIVE in the US with wood composites

Weyerhaeuser in the US has announced that it has found a new market for tree fibres. The company has developed a new thermoplastic composite that incorporates specially engineered cellulose fibre. Source: Woodworking Network
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UK to have a central information point for wood

Wood for Good, the timber industry sustainability and promotion campaign, has announced the start of a collaborative research and development project: Wood First Plus! The aim of the project is to create a central point of information. Source: Builders Merchants News (UK)
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Nanoscience to benefit wood adhesives

Research to improve wood adhesives through the use of nanotechnology earned Dr Joseph Jakes a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).
Jakes is a research materials engineer and his exploration of wood at the nanoscale has resulted in the development of new high-performance wood-based composite materials, including those utilizing nanocellulose. Source: Woodworking Network
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Jobs saved in Milton NZ wood processing

A wood-processing plant near Milton in New Zealand will not be mothballed, although just how many of the 31 jobs under threat have been saved remains unclear after news that a Southland timber company has secured the mill’s lease. The news follows City Forests’ decision in April to progressively downsize the plant and have it closed by September. Source: Otago Daily Times

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