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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

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
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 $16,000 per hectare by choosing the right tree spacing and best genetically improved tree stocks for their forest stands. A team of Scion scientists in New Zealand have carried out end-of-rotation assessments. read more
Increased demand for softwood lumber worldwide has pushed prices upward, particularly in the US and China
18 September, 2017
Wood Resources
International trade of softwood lumber is on pace to a new record high in 2017 if the trend from the first six months of 2017 continues in the 2H/17. Of the ten largest lumber-exporting countries in the world, Russia, Finland, Austria and Ukraine increased shipments read more
Cenários Ibá: Positive balance trade balance for the Brazilian forest sector grew 9.5%
6 September, 2017
September 5, 2017 - From January to July 2017, the trade surplus for the Brazilian planted tree sector reached US$ 4.2 billion, a 9.5% increase over the US$ 3.8 billion attained during same period last year. This is mainly the result of ongoing investments in the sector. read more
The Global Forest Industry in the 2Q/2017
6 September, 2017
Wood resources international
Excerpts from the 2Q 2017 issue of the Wood Resource Quarterly. To subscribe to the full 56-page market report, please visit www.woodprices.com, WRQ - 30 Years of Global Wood Price Reporting  Special report: Global Sawmill Production Cost Margins 2005-2017. read more
Ibá publishes annual balance sheet for the Brazilian planted tree industry
30 August, 2017
August 29, 2017 - The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) released its 2017 Annual Report, which presents economic, social, and environmental indicators for 2016 in the Brazilian planted tree sector; the report shows that this sector which produces trees for industrial use is a worldwide reference read more
Market ready DNA screening technology for eucalypts
29 August, 2017
Friday offcuts
A project led by researcher Gondwana Genomics Pty Ltd has completed a key test of new DNA marker technology for commercial applications. The project is aimed at implementing MAS to rapidly increase productivity in Australia's major plantation eucalypts. read more
Wood raw-material costs for European pulpmills continued to slide in early 2017
16 August, 2017
Wood resources international
The European pulp industry has become much more competitive in the international pulp and paper market the past five years with wood fiber costs, which account for 55-65% of the production costs, having fallen more than in most other regions of the world, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. read more
Some cities have started tracking how much money their trees are earning them each year
15 August, 2017
Business Insider
Your parents were wrong: money does grow on trees. Cities routinely rake up tens of millions of dollars from their urban forests annually in ways that are not always obvious. Leafy canopies lower summer air conditioning bills, but more shade also means less blade to maintain thousands of acres of grass. read more
Why Hong Kong is scared of trees: the fight for urban forestry
15 August, 2017
South China morning post
With the responsibility for planting new trees in the hands of civil servants and a fixation on the danger of falling trees, is it any wonder the city lags behind the rest of the world when it comes to ‘greening'? The Chinese city of Liuzhou has begun construction of a pioneering "forest city"... read more
Chinese government-owned forestry firm prepares to log young trees and ship them offshore
15 August, 2017
Northland wood processors are upset overseas companies are taking local trees before New Zealand-owned businesses have a chance to access them, and shipping unmilled logs straight to Shanghai. A meeting is being held between local processors and China Forestry Group... read more
Sawlog prices in Brazil have gone up over the past 12 months after 5 years in decline
14 August, 2017
Wood resources international
Stronger wood product exports from Brazil have resulted in higher demand for logs and increasing sawlog prices during 2016 and early 2017, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Despite the recent price increases, current prices are below the long-term trend lines in the local currency.  read more
Old-growth trees to be 'woodchipped, wasted' under specialty timber access plan
8 August, 2017
ABC News
Tasmania's Wilderness Society is warning six out of every 10 trees cut down as part of a state government plan to unlock special species timber will be unusable. The Government released a draft plan for public consultation which sets out future access to special species timber. read more
US firms buying timber from illegal PNG logging: NGO
8 August, 2017
The Citizen
American consumers may be fuelling logging linked to illegal land grabs in Papua New Guinea which have devastated local communities and the world's third largest tropical rain forest, Global Witness said Tuesday. Timber logged in the impoverished Pacific nation... read more
Guidelines for Forestry Monitoring to Support Achievement of Global Goals
8 August, 2017
According to Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) data, only 45 countries worldwide were able to assess changes in forest area and characteristics through consecutive systematic national forest inventories in 2010. The ‘Voluntary Guidelines on Forest Monitoring,' published by FAO... read more
CIFOR takes research results on forestry sector’s impact in Cameroon to National Assembly
7 August, 2017
The Cameroon branch of the Network of Parliamentarians for the Sustainable Management of the Forests Ecosystems of Central Africa (REPAR) organized a plenary session on political science to garner insight into the value of biodiversity in the country in order to better tailor laws to actual needs. read more
The fiber costs for pellet plants have declined with the US & Canadian Pellet Feedstock Price Indices reaching their lowest levels in 4 years
7 August, 2017
Wood resources
With the feed stock shifting towards lower cost fiber, including industry & forest residues, total wood costs for pellet manufacturers fell during 2016 & early 2017, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. The PFPI price indices for the US & Canada have fallen 16% & 26%, respectively since 2013. read more
PEFC certification strengthens in NZ
2 August, 2017
Illegal forest management practices are a global problem. Governments and markets around the world are increasingly requiring proof of legality for harvested wood products. This has created a demand for labelling and endorsement of sustainably managed and legally harvested read more
Predicting optimal stand density in NZ plantations
2 August, 2017
Friday Offcuts
Radiata pine when it is planted too closely together grows tall and spindly while wide spacing encourages branch growth and land may be underutilised. Somewhere in between is an optimum final crop stand density that allows forest owners and growers to maximise the volume and value of the logs produced. read more
The value of logs exported from New Zealand in the 1Q/17 was almost three times as high as the value of exported lumber
2 August, 2017
Wood resources international
Over 50% of the timber harvest in New Zealand is being exported in log form. However, some sawmills in the country have taken advantage of the growing demand for softwood lumber in the US the past few years, with the total export value having gone up 37% from 2012 to 2016. read more
Forest and water conservation go hand in hand – and partners see eye to eye
27 July, 2017
The launch of the Water Towers project in Nairobi last May was special, as members of the audience were also encouraged to present their projects."If you're really interested in building a synergy with people, you have to have them talk about what they're doing," explained Esther Mwangi. read more
Forest Land Management Market Future Demand, Growth, Share and Analysis with forecast 2024
27 July, 2017
Open PR
The forest cover across the globe is shrinking due to rapid urbanization and industrialization. Forest Land Management is the process of management, conservation, development, restoration and maintenance of forest land. Forest Land Management involves forest administration... read more
CIFOR-USAID study abroad program supports development of Indonesia’s next generation of forestry experts
26 July, 2017
Young Indonesian leaders in forestry management, biodiversity conservation and land-use policy  have been given the opportunity to develop expertise through a master's program managed by CIFOR and funded by USAID that places students in masters degree programs at four US universities... read more
Private sector must get involved in afforestation initiatives – AFF
26 July, 2017
Joy online
International non-governmental organization, African Forests Forum says the continent's ecology will be restored if private businesses get involved in afforestation initiatives. Executive Secretary of AFF, Professor Godwin Kowero said Africa stands a chance of profiting from tree plantation programmes... read more
Trade balance for the forest sector has 4.9% surplus
24 July, 2017
The trade balance for the Brazilian planted tree industry reached US$2.9 billion from January to May of 2017, growth of 4.9% compared to the same period last year. During the year, the sector accumulated total exports of US$ 3.3 billion, 3.2% higher than the same period in 2016. read more
Climate Finance Update – Adaptation: Disaster & Climate Risks in Agriculture, Forestry & Tourism in the Spotlight
20 July, 2017
During the month of June, measures aimed at adaptation and improved resilience to disaster and climate risks in the agricultural, forestry and tourism sectors received support in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. Several countries in Africa secured funding for drought-related emergencies. read more
Europeans Importing More Timber From Conflict Zones
20 July, 2017
Ecosystem market place
EU timber imports from conflict countries, which are at high risk of being illegal, have increased 14 percent, despite the European Union's Timber Regulation (EUTR) legislation's requirement that companies ensure that only legal timber enters the EU market, according to a new Forest Trends report. read more
Smallholder farmers in Kenya in the race against climate change
17 July, 2017
By adopting agroforestry and improved agricultural practices, a community in western Kenya has increased their income and improved their living standards. They are now training other farmers to do the same. Smallholder farms make up most of the remote village of Siwot in Kericho County. read more
New project to transform forest management in Mozambique
17 July, 2017
Biz Community
A new $6m project which will strengthen sustainable forest management and contribute to Mozambique achieving Sustainable Development Goal 15 on forests, has been announced by the Government of Mozambique, the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. read more
Wood fiber costs for pulpmills throughout the US fell during 2016 and early 2017
17 July, 2017
Wood resources international
Wood fiber costs for pulpmills in the US Northwest have fallen faster than in other region of the US the past year, resulting in a more competitive industry sector, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review. Despite the recent price reductions in Washington and Oregon... read more
Training a new generation of Congolese forestry researchers
14 July, 2017
Among the innumerable casualties of the decades-long series of conflicts and instability in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), education is one of the most overlooked. Even now, the amount of research into the wartime impact on the country's education system is very limited. read more
Renewable Energy Jobs Increase, European Forestry Sector Jobs Promoted
12 July, 2017
Green jobs have been the focus of recent developments at the global level and in Europe. According to a report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), renewable energy jobs have increased in 2016, although more moderately than in the past. read more
Flush with timber money, congressman works to loosen forest protections
12 July, 2017
Pacific Standard
If you're puzzled by a prestigious leader's actions , if you're struggling to comprehend a high official's priorities, it always helps to know who's paying the political bills. Understanding where campaign cash comes from offers instant clarity. read more
Wood pellet imports to both South Korea & Japan close to record high
11 July, 2017
Wood resources international
Over the past few years, South Korea has become the largest pellet importer in Asia, ahead of Japan, and the third largest in the world, and South Korean demand is expected to continue to increase in the coming years, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. read more
Sustainable Forestry 2017: IFC Forests Bond
10 July, 2017
Evironmental Finance
Preventing deforestation can yield numerous social as well as environmental benefits. Many governments have therefore taken action to protect their forests, but it is widely acknowledged that their efforts are inadequate and that substantial private finance will be required. read more
Ethiopia’s plan to save its dwindling forests
10 July, 2017
CNBC Africa
Ethiopia is enlisting the cooperation of people in and around its forests to manage woodland better, hoping to protect the country from the effects of climate change while boosting development prospects for its population of 100 million. read more
Tanzania's coastal high value timber species face extinction: report
10 July, 2017
Xinhua Net
Tanzania's coastal high value species will be exhausted in 30 years from now if the continued degradation of coastal forests remained unchecked, said a new report released on Tuesday. The continued degradation of the coastal forests was expected to significantly decrease their capacity... read more
Stora Enso invests in cross laminated timber (CLT) production in Gruvön, Sweden
6 July, 2017
Stora Enso has decided to invest EUR 45 million in a new production unit for cross laminated timber (CLT) in connection with its Gruvön Mill in Sweden. The investment will further enhance Stora Enso's position as a global provider of high quality engineered wooden elements & as a market leader in CLT. read more
Drones to plant 15 billion trees
5 July, 2017
An Australian engineer is hoping to use drones to plant 1 billion trees every year to fight an unfolding global catastrophe. Deforestation and forest degradation make up 17% of the world's carbon emissions - more than the entire world's transportation sector, according to the United Nations. read more
Fresh mandate to unlock Tasmanian forests?
3 July, 2017
Friday Offcuts
The Tasmanian Liberals say they won't alter their course on forestry, even after their plan to open more forests to logging failed to pass the Upper House late last week. The Liberals wanted to open 365,000ha of additional forest land to logging for special species from later this year... read more
The future of Canada’s forest industry hinges on innovation
28 June, 2017
The globe and mail
Not everyone thinks of innovation when they think of Canada's forest products companies. But the federal government has fully recognized that the future of the forestry industry and its 230,000 workers depends on the success of its continuing commitment to innovation... read more
Laser system recognises tree species automatically
27 June, 2017
Friday Offcuts
A joint research project by Tampere University of Technology's mathematics laboratory and the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) has developed a new method of recognising tree species based on laser scanning measurements. read more
Global demand fuelling NZ forestry export growth
22 June, 2017
Friday Offcuts
trong demand from key markets is driving up export growth in forestry products, New Zealand's Associate Primary Industries Minister Louise Upston says. The latest Ministry for Primary Industries' Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries (SOPI) shows strong growth in the forestry sector. read more
The Global Forest Industry in the 1Q/17
13 June, 2017
wood resources internation
Global Forest Industry in the 1Q/17Excerpts from the latest Wood Resource Quarterly (www.woodprices.com) 30 Years of Global Wood Price Reporting. Special report: US Softwood Lumber Imports from Overseas. The Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) in the 1Q/17 was up 0.3% from the previous quarter... read more
Exhibitors from five continents at the whole world’s forestry fair
8 June, 2017
Today is the opening day of the world's largest forestry fair, Elmia Wood, in the forest south of Jönköping, Sweden. This year the fair is bigger and more comprehensive than ever, with more than 550 exhibitors from five continents. Almost 200 of them are exhibiting here for the first time. read more
LIGNA 2017: A ‘milestone in the digitalization of the wood industry’
5 June, 2017
LIGNA 2017 drew to a close on Friday, May 26 having delivered big in terms of innovations and global appeal, with a significant upswing in the number of exhibitors and visitors from abroad and new impetus for the wave of digitalization currently redefining the industry. After five action-packed days... read more
How the forestry sector can add $120 billion to global GDP
1 June, 2017
No one predicted the rapid growth of renewables - from 31 GW to 318 GW - within 13 years, said Justin Adams, managing director of The Nature Conservancy. And we are about to experience a sharp increase in the value of the agriculture and forestry sector. read more

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