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If you’re holding off on renovating until next year expecting prices to calm down, odds are you will be disappointed.
Engineered wood is a sustainable alternative to cement and steel in construction.
Building or renovating your home? For some types of timber you may be waiting into 2023. So what’s behind the hold-up? And when might it get better?
Directing public funds to native forest logging is bad for the economy, the climate and biodiversity, and will increase bushfire risk.
A review of Australia’s illegal logging laws tests the Morrison government’s commitment to halting global forest loss.
Jungle near the Palenque ruins, Chiapas, Mexico.
About 60% of Mexico’s forests are managed by local communities. A scholar who has studied the forests for 30 years explains how this system protects the forests and the people who oversee them.
Shorea smithiana, a rainforest tree vulnerable to habitat loss. Sepilok, Sabah, Malaysia.
A staggering 17,500 tree species are at risk of dying out.
We are logging more than can be sustained by tropical forests.
Observations collected since the 1980s in the Amazon, Central Africa and Southeast Asia show we are not giving tropical forests enough time to recover after logging.
Emerald ash borer larva cut these feeding galleries on the trunk of a dead ash tree in Michigan.
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Biological control strategies curb pests using other species that attack the invader. A biologist explains why it can take more than a decade to develop an effective biological control program.
Native deciduous trees are rare in Australia, which means many of the red, yellow and brown leaves we associate with autumn come from introduced species.
Silky oaks, or Grevillea robusta, are in bloom. These hardy, attractive trees light up the sky in late spring – but handle with care.
Turning a street tree into timber is much more respectful and useful than mulching it all.
City trees are often short-lived and many others get cut down in their prime. Turning them into mulch both wastes timber and releases stored carbon. A wood rescue program creates a more fitting legacy.
Illegally logged rosewood in Antalaha, Madagascar, 22 February 2005.
The illegal timber trade is a huge global business worth up to US$150 billion yearly. One way to curb it is by convincing consumers in wealthy countries that buying contraband wood products is wrong.
Europe loses as many trees to storms each year as Poland produces in timber. Until now, the models for predicting which trees are at risk have not been good enough.
Telling an illegal log from another is no easy feat.
Illegal logging is a serious threat but new ways of detecting illegal timber could help save global forests.
Roads built for logging in the Congo Basin have implications for forest management.
It’s important to close roads from further vehicle use after the end of logging operations. But these roads ought to be re-opened when the next phase of logging takes place in each area of forest.
The forests of Sao Tome and Principe are being lost at an alarming rate.
The islands of São Tomé and Príncipe must work hard to protect their native forests from deforestation.
Western Australia’s few remaining giant jarrahs are increasingly lonely monuments to the forest’s towering past.
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When Europeans first arrived in Australia’s Southwest, they found vast tracts of huge jarrah trees. Now, after logging and dwindling rainfall, only a handful of these giants remain.
Australia has around a million hectares of plantations, much of them no longer commercially viable.
The GFC killed off Australia’s timber plantation boom, leaving behind a million hectares of timber. But by recognising the carbon value in these trees, a new industry could grow in place of the old.
Don’t tread on woodchips.
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The outcry over the government’s plan to allow wood burning from native forests under the revamped Renewable Energy Target belies the fact that woodchips can be useful and sustainable if harvested responsibly.