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2012 FOCUS on Forest Engineering conference
31 October, 2012
A reminder about the 2012 FOCUS on Forest Engineering conference and field day on the 7th and 8th of November in White River Mpumalanga. read more
SAIF NCT Field day
24 October, 2012
Details pertaining to the upcoming SAIF/NCT Field day 8 November 2012 Greytown Club as well as the SAIF National Photograph competition. read more
8th Fire Management Symposium
23 October, 2012
(NMMU) Saasveld and the Southern African Institute of Forestry (SAIF) invite you to a Fire Management symposium. A reminder that you have to register before the 26th October 2012. read more
Domestic sawlog prices in Russia have gone up 25% in three years, despite higher log export tariffs
23 October, 2012
Log costs for Russian sawmills did not fall as the Russian government intended when it implemented a 25 percent log export tariff in 2008. Instead, sawlog prices have increased by 24 percent the past three years and the supply of logs has been tight in 2012, as reported by the Wood Resource Quarterly. read more
Mhlathuze Catchment: Compulsory Licensing Objections period has been extended
22 October, 2012
On behalf of the Department of Water Affairs, please be informed that the Closing date of the Mhlathuze Catchment: Compulsory Licensing Objections period has been extended until 9 November 2012. read more
Mushrooms in the forest
18 October, 2012
It is a little known fact that wild mushrooms occur naturally in and around the Mondi and Mondi Shanduka Newsprint pine forests. One of these mushroom species is Boletus edulis, a delicacy that is highly prized in the best restaurants around the world. Commonly referred to as the ‘Porcini', these mushrooms are widely used to flavor soups, pastas and risottos. read more
WoodEX Launch Invitation
17 October, 2012
WoodEX Launch Invitation
WoodEX for Africa is the leading timber trade exhibition in Africa. Join us at the WoodEX for Africa industry launch to find out why your company should be participating in this excellent timber industry showcase. read more
Log and lumber imports to China were down 19% during first eight months of 2012
17 October, 2012
Importation of both logs and lumber to China fell substantially in 2012, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Total imports, by value, during the first eight months was 4.3 billion dollars, or 19% less than in 2011, with the biggest declines in logs imported  from Russia and the US, and in lumber from North America. read more
WoodEX for Africa 2013 enjoying strong exhibitor demand
11 October, 2012
WoodEX for Africa 2013 is still nearly six months away but there has been a significant rise in the demand for stand space compared to last year, with numerous exhibitors wanting to make a bigger impact at WoodEX for Africa 2013. WoodEX for Africa 2013 will be held from 21 to 23 March at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, South Africa. read more
6th International Woodfibre Resources & Trade Conference - Turkey
11 October, 2012
The September 2012 Newsletter for the 6th International Woodfibre Resources & Trade Conference which includes information about our conference speakers, field trips, pre conference & partner tours. read more
Highlights of FP&M Seta annual report & report back from stakeholder information sessions
11 October, 2012
Highlights of FP&M Seta annual report & report back from stakeholder information sessions. The PowerPoint presentations give an excellent summary of the FP&M SETA's financial and operations performance during the last financial year.  Both documents were presented at the SETA's AGM which was held in Johannesburg on 28th September 2012. read more
Reminder: ICFR Central Regional Field Day
10 October, 2012
This is a reminder that we are hosting another ICFR Regional Field Day in the Central region, on Thursday 18th October at Ignite Charcoal Factory, near Paulpietersburg. read more
The US surpassed Canada as the largest wood pellet exporter in the world in the first half of 2012
10 October, 2012
The expansion of wood pellet capacity in the US South the past few years has enabled the US to export more pellets than Canada, making the US the largest exporter in the world. With continued investments throughout southern US, export volumes are forecast to increase from an estimated 1.5 million tons in 2012 to 5.7 million tons in 2015, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. read more
New facility improves seed production
8 October, 2012
A new cutting-edge seedling processing facility has been developed at the Mountain Home Nursery that will result in significant improvement in the quality of seed production. "It is the fist time that we have had equipment to do proper size classing of seed," said Technical Manager, Ben Pienaar. read more
Prices for sawlogs, pulpwood, wood chips and biomass in North America - all in one quarterly report!
5 October, 2012
The North American Wood Fiber Review (NAWFR) has tracked wood prices in all major regions of the US and Canada for over 20 years. It is the only publication that covers prices and market commentary for sawlogs, pulplogs, wood chips and biomass in North America in one comprehensive report each quarter. read more
FESA South African Forest Road Handbook
3 October, 2012
The FESA South African Forest Road Handbook is on a HALF PRICE SALE at a price of R150 excl. vat for the remainder of 2012. This book was compiled by experts in the Engineering, Forestry and Road Construction spheres.  It deals with practical issues associated with forest roads, including such aspects as road planning, road design, road construction, road maintenance, road equipment and road management. read more