timber harvesting News

  • New timber regulation comes into force

    On 3 March, new legislation comes into effect to counter the trade in illegal timber. The new EU Timber regulation will affect everyone in the wood trade. It prohibits the placing of illegally harvested timber on the European market in an effort to tackle the problem of illegal logging across the world. Illegal logging has severe economic, environmental and social impacts: it is associated with ...

  • Russia plans timber tracking to control illegal logging

    By 2011 there will be a unified information system in operation in Russia for controlling timber circulation that may help the government combat illegal logging, according to a report in 'Russian Forestry Review' magazine. The new system was announced by Valery Roshchupkin, head of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resource's Federal Agency for Forestry, or Rosleskhoz, at a meeting of the ...

  • House passes bill to hasten timber projects in forests

    The House passed a bill Thursday designed to improve the health of national forests by scaling back the environmental reviews that go into some timbering projects and discouraging lawsuits that delay projects. The goal is to speed up timber harvests and underbrush removal that the U.S. Forest Service deems necessary to improve the health of national forests, which are taking a hit from drought, ...


    By Associated Press

  • New rules on illegal timber come into force across EU

    New rules to prevent illegal timber being sold on the European market have come into force across the EU. The legislation will strengthen efforts to halt illegal logging which causes serious environmental damage and biodiversity loss and undermines the efforts of those trying to manage forests responsibly. The Regulation, which was first proposed by the Commission in 2008, was adopted by the EU ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Multifunctional forests - balancing timber, water and carbon sink needs air

    Traditionally, forests have needed different management programmes depending on their purpose, for example, whether the priority is to maximise their value in terms of timber, water or as a carbon sink. However, the integration of these values in management strategies has become increasingly important. A new study has explored one means of achieving this, by placing an economic value on fresh ...

  • EU and Indonesia sign historic deal to curb illegal timber

    Today the European Union and Indonesia signed a historic trade agreement which will contribute to halting the trade in illegal timber. Under the agreement, only verified legal timber and timber products will be exported to the EU. Indonesia is the first Asian country to enter into such an agreement, and by far the largest Asian timber exporter to the EU. European Environment Commissioner Janez ...

  • EU and Indonesia sign historic deal to curb illegal timber

    Today the European Union and Indonesia signed a historic trade agreement which will contribute to halting the trade in illegal timber. Under the agreement, only verified legal timber and timber products will be exported to the EU. Indonesia is the first Asian country to enter into such an agreement, and by far the largest Asian timber ...


    By European Commission

  • African countries agree to curb illegal timber trade in the Congo Basin

    Governments from Africa's main timber producing countries, together with timber industry representatives and civil society organizations agreed to jointly combat illegal timber trade in the Congo Basin, FAO said today following an international wood industry meeting in Brazzaville. Covering an area of 300 million hectares, the Congo Basin harbours the world's second largest tropical forest. It is ...

  • Ahlstrom´s Due Diligence System for EU Timber Regulation now verified by SGS

    Ahlstrom Corporation PRESS RELEASE May 3, 2013 at 9.30  Ahlstrom, a global high performance fiber-based materials company, announces that the company's Due Diligence System for EU Timber Regulation is verified by a third party. The EU Timber Regulation (995/2010) entered into force on March 3, 2013 and requires operators to have a Due Diligence System to prevent them to place ...


    By Ahlstrom-Munksjö

  • Wood from illegal harvesting in EU markets estimated

    Illegal timber imports into the EU were between 8 and 18 million m³ in 2009, representing 6-13% of total imports, new research suggests. Although figures for illegal logging are associated with high uncertainties, the authors claim that these figures provide the best available estimates for policy and decision makers. Illegal logging is a worldwide problem, which exacerbates climate change ...

  • ‘Himalayan viagra’ harvesters threaten forest resources

    Declining harvests of caterpillar fungus, also known as yarsagumba in the Himalayas, could lead to a relapse in efforts to conserve forests and biodiversity in the mountain region, according to two recent studies. A paper in Ecosystem Services this month (05 February) suggests that shrinking yarsagumba supplies could lead to local villagers returning to the gathering of  ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • CITES conference takes decisive action to halt decline of tropical timber, sharks, manta rays and a wide range of other plants and animals

    Rapidly rising demand for these precious tropical hardwoods has led to serious concerns that unregulated logging is depleting populations of already rare species. The triennial World's Wildlife Conference closed today with robust measures adopted to protect precious timber and marine species from overexploitation. 170 governments have turned to CITES to ensure the legal, sustainable and traceable ...

  • B.C. company to harvest tropical rain forest - environmentalists cheer

    Reports of companies harvesting tropical rain forests usually bring howls of protests from conservationists. But a Canadian company is winning applause for its 25 year plan to harvest over $2 billion worth of prime tropical forest - much of it high valued hardwood - all of it underwater. After more than four decades under water, a tropical forest in Africa is being reclaimed using 21st century ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • John Deere Introduces Narrower Stick Booms for M-Series Tracked Harvesters

    To help loggers maximize timber quality, John Deere has upgraded its harvester stick boom attachment across all 800MH- and 900MH-Series tracked harvesters. The new stick boom geometry delivers the same high level of boom envelope performance, but with a narrower design to help operators minimize damage to harvested trees.   "Avoiding unnecessary damage to harvested trees while operating ...


    By John Deere

  • John Deere 800M-Series Tracked Feller Bunchers and Harvesters Now Equipped with Final Tier 4 Engines

    As a part of its commitment to offer loggers equipment designed to meet their needs, John Deere has upgraded the 800M-Series Tracked Feller Bunchers and 800MH-Series Tracked Harvesters with engines that meet FT4 emission standards. Building upon the revolutionary design launched in 2015, the machines are equipped to deliver premium performance, fluid efficiency, reliability and economical ...


    By John Deere

  • Carbon credits for forestry management

    A recent study has investigated two carbon credit payment schemes which the authors say could provide incentives for forest managers to increase forest land and lengthen rotation time between harvests. There are a number of reasons for ensuring the upkeep of forests, including promoting biodiversity and providing social and cultural benefits, such as recreational opportunities. The ...

  • Growth-oriented logging: a new concept in forest management

    Deforestation in the tropics has both local and global effects, but conservation remains a major challenge. New research describes a method for measuring tree growth and timber harvesting, which can lead to sustainable management of tropical timber resources. The method tailors cutting cycles according to accurate growth rates of different tree species. Research explored the Mamirauá Sustainable ...

  • Cocoa farmers may boost yields by intercropping

    Growing cocoa with other crops on the same plot boosts the productivity of cocoa farms, compared with growing cocoa alone, a study has found. The researchers, from the University of Queensland, Australia, say their study is one of the first to quantitatively examine the effects of crop diversity on the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Commission unveils package to tackle illegal logging and deforestation

    The European Commission today unveiled two important initiatives to protect forests globally. The package comprises a legislative proposal to reduce the risk of illegal timber and timber products entering the EU market and a Communication setting out the Commission's proposals for tackling tropical deforestation. Illegal logging and deforestation have serious environmental implications, ...


    By European Commission

  • Improved utilisation of forests to meet demand for wood

    Europe has more than 117 million hectares of forest, but the sustainable utilisation – especially in privately owned forests – falls short of its potential. It is becoming more and more difficult to meet the increasing demand for wood. The project SIMWOOD (Sustainable Innovative Mobilisation of Wood) was recently launched in response to this. The project consortium consists of 28 ...

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