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Weekly news for the timber and forestry industries in Australia and New Zealand

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  • 1ISSUE 320 | PAGE

    A NEW study at the University of British Columbia and FPInnovations has established a link between wood and human health.

    In the study, the presence of visual wood surfaces in a room lowered sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activation which is responsible for physiological stress responses in humans.

    FPInnovations is among the worlds largest private, non-profi t research centres working in forest products research.

    The results of the study open the door to a myriad of stress-

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    Delivered weekly to timber merchants, sawmillers, wood processors, foresters, members of national, state and trade organisations and

    associations throughout Australia, New Zealand and various countries.

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    Osmose and DeterMite are trademarks of Osmose, Inc. or its subsidiaries. DeterMite treated timber products are produced by independently owned and operated wood preserving facilities. *See separate guarantee document for details. 2014 Osmose, Inc.

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    Not only have treated frames performed in Australian houses, ongoing high intensity fi eld testing continues to confi rm that Determites highly termite repellent formula is a standout.

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    Wood has a linkto human healthRemoving stress in the built environment

    Good wood .. many health benefi ts relate to the presence of timber in the built environment.

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    THE volume and value of logs harvested in Australia is at the lowest point in 10 years following a decrease in harvesting from native forests.

    The latest forestry figures by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) show a decrease of 2.2% in the volume of logs harvested in 2012-13.

    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture Senator Richard Colbeck said the ABARES figures were disappointing.

    Many regional communities around Australia have a long and proud history with the forestry industry, he said.

    The industry provides an important source of employment and makes a valuable contribution to our economy.

    The gross value of logs harvested fell around 6.9% to $1.5 billion in 2012-13. This will

    ultimately impact on the people and families who rely on the forest industry for their livelihoods.

    Senator Colbeck said the decline in value should send warning bells that reducing the amount of native forest available for harvesting will have detrimental impacts.

    As the Prime Minister

    previously said, Australia needs to be an economy not just a national park, the senator said.

    We know the Greens have an agenda of destroying the native forest industry in Tasmania. That is why they locked up previously harvested coupes inside the extended Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area as part of a sham process.

    Senator Colbeck said forestry was a sustainable industry and Australias forest management practices were among the best in the world.

    He said Australia could have a native forest industry that provided benefits for the community, the environment and the industry.

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    Coalition policy to returnsecurity to forest industryDecline in value should send warning bells

    Reducing native forest harvest will hit economy

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    Forest products industry in good revival modeTHE release of the latest set of industry statistics from ABARES shows the forest products industry is well and truly in revival mode.

    Statistics show clear green-shoots, including a healthy 51% increase in woodchip exports and an all-time high for paper

    products exports of 1.13 million tonnes.

    Australian Forest Products Association CEO Ross Hampton said: When looked at with the State of the Forests Report 2013 issued in March, these statistics represent a ringing endorsement of Australias world leading

    sustainable forest management practices and the value of forest products to the economy.

    He notes that State of the Forests report claims no reduction in the areas of rainforest, multiple-use public forest, or forest in any of the RFA regions compared with the 2008 report.

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    Expos Information Seminars Product Launches

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    INDUSTRY NEWS

    Innovation skillsforums to run

    throughout yearINNOVATION forums will continue throughout the next year, with another major industry conference scheduled for March 2015 in Canberra.

    ForestWorks says, however, aside from the forums, a critical element of the innovation skills program is the creation, facilitation and management of innovation working groups.

    These groups have two aims one to assist industry to pursue innovation in order to lift productivity and opportunity; the second (and the focus of the program) to provide participants in the working groups with a learning and skilling experience and assist them to build their capacity to work in innovative and collaborative ways into the future.

    The working groups are being

    formed based on information and feedback from industry, including information from the forums. Seven innovation working groups are currently being formed, centred on distinct areas in the industrys overall value chain.

    Each group will be professionally facilitated and each will have an identified leader. The groups will run with the help of industry associations and experts and will delve into the topics that are affecting industry today.

    More than 1200 personnel across the industry attended these forums and now the next stage is upon us, ForestWorks CEO Michael Hartman said.

    Visit www.forestworks.com.au

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    related health benefits that the presence of wood may afford in the built environment. The application of wood to promote health indoors is a new tool for practitioners of evidence-based design.

    The effect of plants on humans indoors raised the possibility that wood surfaces may also provide some health effects. This study provided evidence that such a relationship exists between humans and wood surfaces applied indoors.

    The stress-reducing effects of outdoor nature are well documented from a scientific

    perspective. Exposure to nature lowers blood pressure, heart rate, and aggression.

    Nature also increases the ability to focus attention and perform concentration and creative tasks.

    One landmark study of hospital patients recovering

    from abdominal surgery found that patients in rooms with a view to nature had shorter post-operative hospital stays and required fewer analgesics than patients with a view of another building from their window.

    The positive benefits of nature are highly desirable for stress

    reduction, recovery, attention, and general healthy living. However, the study shows the average Canadian spends only 6% of the time outdoors; they spend an additional 6% in their cars and the remaining 88% of their time indoors.

    Meanwhile, on a visit to New Zealand, leading Canadian architect Tye Farrow says the Christchurch rebuild was a game-changer; Canterburys new health facilities should have more timber to enhance health and wellbeing.

    Mr Farrow was given the First World Architect Award for Advancing Health and Humanity using the medium of health and architecture by the Stockholm-based World Congress on Design and Health.

    Hospitals should have more timberto enhance health: leading architect

    Natural feel .. Canadian Architect Tye Farrow visits the timber-rich College of Creative Arts Building at Massey Universitys Wellington campus.

    Osmose and DeterMite are trademarks of Osmose, Inc. or its subsidiaries. DeterMite treated timber products are produced by independently owned and operated wood preserving facilities. *See separate guarantee document for details. 2014 Osmose, Inc.

    Innovation & Technology from Osmose. Its what we do!

    Find us at osmose.com.au or call 1800 088 809

    10 years of successful use means maximum Peace of Mind

    Not only have treated frames performed in

    Australian houses, ongoing high intensity fi eld testing

    continues to confi rm that Determites highly termite

    repellent formula is a standout.

    A PROVEN PERFORMER.

    Wood seems to resonate with people

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    JUNE11-12: Wood Flow Logistics 2014 Rotorua, NZ. 17-18: Melbourne (www.woodflowlogistics.com). This series will add a number of components from the steep slope wood harvesting event and will provide a practical update on innovations, strategies and technologies used by