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CRC for Forestry News - issue seven (December 2010)

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Issue seven - December 2010
CRC for Forestry News - science for sustainable forest landscapes

Introduction from the CEO, Professor Gordon Duff

Gordon DuffA challenging year for Australia’s forest and wood products sector has thrown into relief the importance of the research being undertaken by the CRC for Forestry, and its critical place in the future of a sustainable industry. The year ahead will be critical for the CRC, with our bid for extension funding being finalised. Some of our recent work is highlighted in the CRC for Forestry annual report, which is available on our website. [read more]

Employment report: one-third of Tasmania’s forest industry jobs lost since 2008

man in sawmillNew research from the CRC for Forestry has highlighted the need for carefully targeted financial assistance for Tasmanian forest operators affected by the recent downturn in the industry. The CRC has called for the findings to be used to help the industry, timber communities and governments plan for the future. [read more]

Developing high-value products from plantation-grown eucalypts

Dr Manuel TouzaA visitor from Spain brings a reminder of that country’s connections with the Australian forest industry, and an invitation to work together for mutual benefit. A workshop this month focused on the high-value timber products being produced from plantation-grown eucalypts in parts of Spain, and the lessons that Spain and Australia can learn from one another. [read more]

IUFRO conference – Forests as carbon sinks – benefits and consequences

IUFRO conference attendeesAustralia recently played host to 90 forest scientists from 15 countries, examining the role of forests in mitigating the effects of climate change. Forest canopies will play an important role in mitigating the effects of climate change, but there are many challenges that forest scientists must consider when dealing with an increasingly uncertain climate future. [read more]

IPMG developments – sharing knowledge of insect pests

eucalypt weevil (one of the main pests in WA - cropped squareThree new activities related to pest management in blue gum (Eucalyptus globulus) plantations will help ensure that CRC-funded research in this area becomes more readily available to plantation managers. Among these is an ambitious collaborative project monitoring the health of blue gum plantations in Western Australia. [read more]