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Presentation of Land Reform Progress
29 February, 2012
The presentation was given to the Portfolio Committee on Rural Development and Land Reform by the Acting Chief Land Claims Commissioner, Mr. T A Maphoto on 7th February 2012. read more
Short Course on Fuel Wood Supply Chain
28 February, 2012
Stellenbosch University (Department of Forest and Wood Science) and FESA announce the presentation of the short course dealing with the "Wood Fuel Supply Chain" read more
SANBI Grasslands Newsletter
23 February, 2012
February 2012 Edition of SANBI Grasslands newsletter - Forestry component of the SANBI Grassland Programme read more
Information regarding Leptocybe
23 February, 2012
Following numerous queries regarding information about Leptocybe invasa and its control, please click on the following link to the ICFR website to access the Leptocybe information sheet that the ICFR and TPCP jointly put out together last year.  read more
Good News Regarding Port Tariff Increase for 2012/13
22 February, 2012
In 2011 the National Ports Authority (NPA), the most profitable division of Transnet, applied to the Ports Regulator of SA for an increase in tariffs and port dues of 18.06% - three times above inflation. read more
Wood fiber costs for pulp manufacturers declined in the 4Q/11 as pulp prices fell
21 February, 2012
Global demand for pulp has declined and pulp prices fell during the second half of 2011. As a consequence, prices for wood fiber, the highest cost component when producing pulp, were down throughout the world, as reported by the Wood Resource Quarterly. The Global Wood Fiber Indices for softwood and hardwood fiber declined 3.5% from the 3Q/11. read more
First Announcement for 5th Forest Science Symposium
17 February, 2012
The Institute for Commercial Forestry Research & The South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries are proud to announce the co-hosting of the 5th Forest Science Symposium. This year, as an Industry, we celebrate 100 years of Forest Research. In addition, the ICFR is proud to be turning 65. read more
The Minimum Wage as Announced for Farm Workers causes Confusion
17 February, 2012
Agri SA
Agri SA has requested the Minister of Labour, Ms Mildrid Oliphant, to refer the minimum wage element of the sectoral determination back to the Commission for Employment Conditions for re-evaluation and to correct an apparent error in the minimum weekly wage that was announced. read more
Honorary Doctorate for Forestry Expert
14 February, 2012
Prof Mike Wingfield, Director of the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria and an internationally renowned researcher, has been selected to receive an honorary degree from the University of British Columbia. read more
Plantation Resources and Climate Change Handbook
14 February, 2012
Download the Climate and Vulnerability Handbook read more
All set for WoodEX for Africa Exhibition and Conference
13 February, 2012
WoodEX for Africa
Final preparations are underway for the inaugural WoodEX for Africa Exhibition; Conference taking place at Gallagher Convention Centre from 22 - 24 March 2012, with international exhibitors and speakers in attendance ensuring that this event will soon be among the finest of its kind anywhere in the world. read more
TPCP Field Trip to KZN Midlands to look at Gonpiterus (Eucalyptus Snout Beetle)
9 February, 2012
There will be a TPCP field trip to the KZN Midlands (Underberg, Ixopo, Pietermaritzburg areas) 20 - 24 February 2012.  The main aim of the trip is to continue our Gonipterus sampling project but if you have pest or disease problems you need us to look at or want samples brought back to the Diagnostic Clinic, please contact me to set up an appointment. read more
Reduced log export tariffs in Russia unlikely to boost the country’s log export volumes
9 February, 2012
Export tariffs on logs shipped from Russia, the world largest log supplier, are set to be reduced as the country becomes a member of the WTO. The proposed new lower tariffs are not expected to increase export volumes to pre-tariff levels, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. read more
China is now the worlds largest importer of softwood lumber and logs
8 February, 2012
Reduced activities in the housing construction sector in China decreased importation of softwood logs and lumber in late 2011, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Despitethe decline in the 4Q, total imports during 2011 reached a record high, making China the largest importer of logs and lumber in the world. read more
Report on field trip to Sirex-infested areas in Mpumulanga
3 February, 2012
Brett Hurley (Entomology Researcher), Philip Croft (National Sirex Coordinator) and Denzil Lawrie (contractor involved in Sirex operations) visited pine plantations in the Elandshoogte and Carolina area. read more
GXU Clones
3 February, 2012
Sunshine Seedling Services
Eucalyptus grandis X Eucalyptus urophylla have been commercially deployed in South Africa for more than 25 years by some of the large forestry companies. Only in recent years have private farmers had access to the same genetic material. read more