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Virtual reality takes children into forestry

forestry, education, Australia

Teachers from across Australia have been given the opportunity to experience and learn about innovative virtual reality (VR) teaching resources developed by ForestLearning, a programme of Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA). The ForestVR toolkit for schools will educate students on the renewable cycle of timber in an immersive and engaging …

NSW government may lease commercial softwood plantations


The NSW Government is looking at the “viability” of a long-term lease of the State’s commercial softwood plantation business, consistent with its asset recycling strategy. Forestry Corporation’s profitable softwood division consists of around 230,000 hectares of radiata pine forests primarily producing timber for use in …

Australia must have safe, compliant buildings

Australia, building, architecture

The Australian public must be protected through safe, compliant buildings and that will only be achieved through buy-in by everyone involved in the building and construction industry and with everyone being accountable for their own work, a NSW upper house inquiry has been told. The inquiry into the regulation of building standards, quality and …

South West pine plantations contribute $1014 million to economy

Australia, forestry

More than 3000 hectares of pine seedlings have been planted across Forestry Corporation of NSW plantations in the South West Slopes during the annual winter planting programme. Forestry Corporation’s Operations Scheduler Teresa Baker said around 100 contract staff had been brought on board for planting season, which runs from June to …

A complete ban on Russian timber exports to China looks inappropriate, said Head of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade

Russian timber export, illegal logging, China, Denis Manturov, Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade

A complete ban on the sale of Russian timber exports to China looks inappropriate, since illegal logging is an internal problem of the country, said the Head of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, RIA Novosti reported on 19 August. Manturov was responding to comments made by Dmitry Kobylkin, Russia's minister of natural …

Queensland urged to reject proposal to close pine plantations

Australia, timber, forestry

The Queensland State Government has been urged to reject an “absurd, outrageous and highly destructive proposal to close our pine plantations”. Gympie MP and opposition spokesman for agricultural industry development and fisheries and forestry Tony Perrett was responding to a proposal handed to the State Government to turn 21,000ha of …

Koondrook-Perricoota State forests replenishment

Australia, forestry

Up to 4500 hectares of red gum forest, fringing creeks, wetland and habitat will be replenished over the next 60 days thanks to a planned watering event in the Koondrook and Perricoota State Forests. Forestry Corporation of NSW’s The Living Murray Program Manager for Koondrook-Perricoota Linda Broekman said the watering was critical to …

IPCC report relies on forestry for change

report, timber, forestry, Australia

An intergovernmental report on climate change released late last week highlights the need for a whole-of-landscape approach to tackling climate change, and the vital role the agriculture and forestry sector can play in reducing emissions and storing carbon, according to Climate Proofing Australia (CPA). The CPA is pleased to see that the …

WA joins Tasmania and adopts Wood Encouragement Policy

Australia, forestry, timber

Western Australia has joined Tasmania to become the second state government to adopt a state-wide Wood Encouragement Policy (WEP). A WEP requires responsibly sourced wood be considered, where feasible, as the primary construction material in all new-build and refurbishment projects. It does not in any way mandate the use of timber, but rather …

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