Forestry

Scottish government announces £160 million investment for forestry and agriculture

The Scottish government has announced an additional £160 million for forestry and agriculture in its latest Programme for Government. The money includes £100 million for planting for Scottish Forestry, alongside £30 million to Forestry and Land Scotland to expand national forests and land. A further £20 million has also been allocated to increase the supply […]

Japanese government considering “energy forests” as renewable energy source

As part of efforts to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, the Japanese government is considering securing “energy forests” for the specific purpose of growing sources for woody biomass power generation, officials said Wednesday. Greater dependence on woody biomass is believed to help mitigate climate change as the growing of forests absorbs carbon dioxide […]

Shasta College logging training program now licensed to sell timber

Students in Shasta College’s logging operations program are helping defer their program’s costs while they train. They’re selling logs they harvest to North State sawmills. It’s an income stream made possible by the college’s recently-acquired commercial timber operator license. That license means students in the college’s Heavy Equipment Logging Operations (HELO) program can learn all the steps involved […]

UK forestry sector continues to grow

The sector is growing fast as private and public companies and individuals capture the move towards sustainability. According to Savills Spotlight: UK Forestry report, in 2019 there was clear evidence of new buyers entering the UK forestry market attracted by the recent performance of the asset class, but also drawn to the environmental benefits of […]

Estonian forestry startup Timbeter starts collaboration with the government of Costa Rica

Tallinn-based forestry tech Timbeter, which is digitalising and bringing transparency to the forestry sector, has kicked off a project with the government of Costa Rica. The aims of the project are to support the digitization of forest management in the region, and increase competitiveness of the local forestry sector. Timbeter, founded in 2013, is a […]

Timber ETFs Grow on Recovering Lumber Demand

The timber industry and related exchange traded funds are gaining momentum as lumber futures climbed since the start of April on signs that the housing construction season may be recovered, along with greater demand from home improvement stores. Over the past month, the iShares Global Timber & Forestry ETF (NYSEArca: WOOD) increased 9.2% and Invesco […]

Bushfire protection focus to grow SA forestry industry

Boosting fire protection is among stacks of industry ideas to double South Australia’s log production. Calls for a state-wide audit and upgrade of South Australia’s fire tower network are among recommendations listed in a comprehensive forest industry report released yesterday. The state’s $2.3 million forest and wood products sector also urged the government to boost […]

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