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NSW native forests worth more if left standing: Australia Institute report

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

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Loading a logging truck in a south-east NSW logging coupe.

An economic analysis by The Australia Institute claims that native forest logging in NSW lost $79 million over the last seven years, but could be making a $40 million yearly profit if left standing and allowed access to the Federal Government's Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF).

Time to cut losses not native trees, as deficit climbs, Australia Institute says

Monday, March 21, 2016

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Logging of native forests has cost NSW taxpayers $78 million over the past six years for a declining industry that is also a primary risk for the state's rising number of threatened species, according to a report by The Australia Institute.

The losses have been clocked up by the hardwood unit of the Forestry Corporation of NSW in the six years to the 2014-15 financial year. About 95 per cent of the division's revenue comes from logging in native forests rather than hardwood plantations, the report said.

Just who should be certified?

Saturday, March 12, 2016

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AUTHOR Jared Diamond, in his groundbreaking 2005 book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive, has a small seven or eight-page section on the creation and development of the Forest Stewardship Council in the early 1990s, and its progress to 2003-2004.

Satellite Laser Will Map Forests in 3-D

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

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And the data will reveal how much carbon woodlands store

GEDI, a NASA Earth-observing system set to go on the International Space Station in 2018, will enable the government to understand the architecture of forests, as this 3-D rendering depicts. By fully analyzing the structure of forests, researchers will be able to more accurately measure the amount of carbon they store. 
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In 2018, America's space agency is going to send a laser into the galaxies to assess the world's trees.

It won't be the first time NASA dabbles in lidar technology—shooting lasers onto things and recording what comes back—but it will be the first time the agency sends a laser specifically designed to measure the intricate structure of forests.

Stripping Tasmania of ancient forests and endangered species habitat fails to gain FSC for Forestry Tasmania

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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The Bob Brown Foundation will continue to call for secure protection for endangered species and native forests in the wake of Forestry Tasmania’s comprehensi

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