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GFIS - Sat, 21/04/2018 - 00:57

Last week, a jockey at Cannon Racetrack in Cairns, Australia mistook a 15-foot-long Amesthetine Python for a “giant crack” in the raceway.  

He was rounding a corner at full gallop when the snake suddenly appeared before him.

The presence in a dense urban area of such a big reptile—a species notoriously vulnerable to being killed by speeding vehicles—can teach us something making our growing cities friendlier for wildlife.

Happily, such efforts make cities better for people too.  By 2100, there are projected to be around 11 billion people on Earth—of which an incredible 9 billion will be living in cities.


A surprising amount of biodiversity can persist among the skyscrapers, housing estates, shopping malls, parks, and greenbelts that constitute our modern cities.

Even some vanishingly rare species can use cities.  Imperiled plants have been discovered in weedy abandoned lots, endangered snails in irrigation pipes. 

In northern Queensland, Australia, critically endangered Cassowaries regularly enter homeowner’s back yards looking for fruiting plants, so long as dogs are not present.

Of course, many vulnerable species avoid cities—such as forest-interior specialists and strictly arboreal species.  And we won’t want big predators such as Grizzly Bears in cities, no matter how cuddly they look.

But that still leaves a great deal of biodiversity that could potentially use cities if we can make them more wildlife-friendly.


First, wildlife benefits greatly from ‘connectivity’—the ability to move from one place to another. 

Whenever possible, that means retaining or creating greenbelts, continuous wildlife corridors, and strips of intact vegetation along rivers and streams. 

Crisscrossing cities with such linear features—the wider, the better—is a winning approach.


Second, we must control our speeding vehicles. 

For endangered species such as Cassowaries and the Florida Panther, roadkill is their biggest threat. 

Many other species forage along roads, bask on warm roads at night, or ‘freeze’ in response to approaching vehicles—making them highly vulnerable.

So, creating road-free zones in urban areas—where foot-traffic and bikes might be allowed, but no roaring vehicles—is a great strategy for nature.


Third, as much as we love them, our domestic dogs and cats are dangerous.  They can create lethal ‘haloes’ for wildlife around human habitations.

They do this not only by killing or harassing wildlife, but simply via their odors and scent-marking—which many wild species avoid.

Ecologists talk about “landscapes of fear”—the fact that predators don't just reduce the numbers of their prey, but also greatly limit their habitat use and times of activity.

For urban and suburban areas, that means keeping pets completely out of wildlife-friendly areas—not merely on a leash.


Fourth, we should avoid low-density housing sprawl into forests and other wildlife habitats.

Houses in such areas have great impacts on nature via the many roads they require, their dogs and cats, and their strong tendency to ‘internally fragment’ habitats.


Finally, our cities will have a lot more wildlife if they don’t become urban ‘islands’. 

The goal is to maintain some wild or semi-wild habitat in the broader peri-urban areas surrounding cities—because such lands are a major source of wildlife.

Even isolated patches of habitat can be useful as ‘stepping stones’ for wildlife—and resting and feeding areas for scores of migratory species, such as many songbirds.

For migratory species, the world is big, and we need to think big if we’re going to invite them into our cities.


These principles just scratch the surface.  The “Singapore Index” provides a broad-based way for cities to gauge and monitor their efforts to conserve biodiversity.

We know that having clear goals is important—but they’ll be useless unless they’re implemented.

Far too often, urban planners don’t understand how to make cities more wildlife-friendly, and the financial and political pressures from land developers are enormous. 

Corruption and back-room deals can play a big role too.

Clearly, decision-makers will only make wildlife-friendly cities a priority if their constituents demand it. 

That means doing things like forming urban-wildlife groups, attending city-council meetings, and lobbying politicians.

And demanding proactive land-use planning—which is far more cost-effective than trying to restore broken cities ecologically, or buying back hyper-expensive urban land for nature.  


The great news is that wildlife-friendly cities greatly benefit people too

Trees and other vegetation are highly effective in reducing harmful air pollution, limiting flooding, improving water quality, storing carbon, and improving urban climates via shading and evaporative cooling.

And native wildlife can have many benefits, such as limiting pest outbreaks and major disease-vectors like mosquitoes and rats.

Beyond all this, we know that appreciating nature is something people have to learn.  Exposing children in cities to nature—not just animals on TV or video games—is one of the best strategies for educating them about the vital need to make our world more sustainable.


The bottom line: We all have a big stake in making our burgeoning cities friendlier for nature.

Just ask that big python on Cannon Racetrack in Cairns, Australia—which the jockey and his galloping horse happily managed to miss. 

Though in the middle of a city, the racetrack is encircled by trees, and wallabies and other wildlife that the snake would feed on are protected and plentiful.

The snake was obviously happy on the racetrack—it sun-baked there for four hours.

Earth’s mammals have shrunk dramatically, and humans are to blame

GFIS - Fri, 20/04/2018 - 19:35

Something about substantial animals makes them more vulnerable to population collapse, said William Ripple, director of the Global Trophic Cascades Program at Oregon State University. For starters, there are usually fewer of the big animals, at least compared with the little guys.(more)

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Trees are worth more than gold to Fatimata

GFIS - Fri, 20/04/2018 - 15:41

Fatimata is 36, has 4 children and lives in Boulzoma village in Burkino Faso. TREE AID is working with people like Fatimata to help them grow trees sustainably and harvest them for food. By supporting communities to grow nutrition gardens full of trees that provide healthy foods, they are able grow their way out of

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New chairman: Ivar Ekanger works for cooperation with the forest industry

GFIS - Fri, 20/04/2018 - 12:41
Since the turn of the year, Norway has the chairmanship of SNS. The chairman is Ivar Ekanger, a man with many assignments and long experience, who would like to see that SNS connects more closely with the forestry industry.   Ivar Ekanger is a happy dot with great engagement and…

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U.S. log exports increase

International Forest Industries - Fri, 20/04/2018 - 11:27
U.S. log exports increased 15.5% YoY to 1.15 million m3 in February 2018, the exports value exceeded $238.2 million (+27.4%), according to the USDA.

U.S. log exports to China, the largest consumer of U.S. log, have jumped 24.7% to 544.3 thousand m3 and 33.1% by value ($126.0 million). The exports to second-largest consumer Canada have declined 2.3% to 305.2 thousand m3, and exports to Japan have increased 13.5% to 171.4 thousand m3.

The average price of U.S. log in February 2018 was $207 per m3, increase 10.3% from the same period last year. The average price of log exports to China was $231 per m3 (+6.7%), to Canada was $98 (-2.9%), and to Japan was $266 (+21.6%).

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Columbia Forest Products to expand its plywood mill in North Eastern Ontario

International Forest Industries - Fri, 20/04/2018 - 11:10

Ontario is supporting Columbia Forest Products to expand its plywood mill in Hearst and Rutherglen, helping to create and maintain almost 350 jobs and boost economic growth.

With support from Ontario’s Jobs and Prosperity Fund, the company will be able to grow its business and increase efficiency by modernizing its infrastructure and purchasing new equipment to maximize production capacity, increase competitiveness and expand into new markets, while ensuring resources are managed sustainably.

Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Columbia Forest Products is one of North America’s largest manufacturers of hardwood plywood and hardwood veneer products.

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UDT-CERT withdraws PEFC certificate from RDLP Bialystok

GFIS - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 20:45
UDT-CERT has decided to withdraw the forest districts Hajnówka, Białowieża and Browsk from the scope of the certificate issued to RDLP Bialystok. This follows the ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that Poland has failed its obligations to protect Białowieża forest under the...

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Small changes in rainforests cause big damage to fish ecosystems

GFIS - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 19:09
Using lasers, researchers have connected, arranged and merged artificial cells, paving the way for networks of artificial cells acting as tissues.

First-Ever Africa Climate Week Provides Regional Input to Talanoa Dialogue

GFIS - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 19:02
Africa Climate Week aimed to capture regional concerns to motivate climate action on the ground in such sectors as energy, agriculture and human settlements. UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa called on Africa to implement integrated policies that align with the goals of the Paris Agreement and the SDGs. During the Africa Carbon Forum, speakers called for a “new and robust” mechanism to help African countries meet emissions targets, and emphasized the “unique capacity” of Africa to innovate.

Mountain Partnership Unveils Baseline Data for SDG Indicator 15.4.2

GFIS - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 18:58
The Mountain Partnership has published baseline data for the Mountain Green Cover Index, one the official indicators for Sustainable Development Goal target 15.4. To develop the baseline data, interactive visualizations were derived from FAO’s Collect Earth and the 2015 global map of mountains produced by FAO and the Mountain Partnership Secretariat.

How Big Forests Solve Global Problems

GFIS - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 16:30
They can help turn around issues like climate change, species extinction and dwindling human cultures.

Science-policy report from EFI tackles climate change

GFIS - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 13:37
Have a look at the publication from EFI: Climate-Smart Forestry: mitigation impacts in three European regions. The science-policy report demonstrates how different climate-smart forestry measures in three European regions can enhance the role of forests in tackling climate change. “The approach builds on three pillars: • reducing and/or removing greenhouse…

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Expoforest 2018 – a synonym for success!

International Forest Industries - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 10:48
Expoforest, the only dynamic forestry fair in Latin America took place between April 11th and 13th, with 30,645 visitors.

Forestry professionals from all over the world came to Santa Rita do Passa Quatro (Brazil) on April 11th, 12th and 13th to visit the 4th Expoforest – Brazilian Forestry Fair. In total, 30,645 visitors (1st day: 10,318 | 2nd day: 13,632 | 3rd day: 6,695) followed the product launches of 240 exhibitors. Visitors from every Brazilian state were present at the fair, as were professionals from the following countries: Afghanistan, Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Germany, Finland, France, Kenya, Italy, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Uruguay, the UK, the USA and Venezuela.

According to information provided by the exhibitors, negotiations at the fair resulted in over BRL 310 million in business deals and prospections. “This result is 101% higher than the business volume at Expoforest 2014, which totaled BRL 152 million. This growth proves the potential of the Brazilian forestry sector,” says Ricardo Malinovski, Marketing & Events Director at Malinovski (the Expoforest organizer).

Brazilian forestry sector,” says Ricardo Malinovski, Marketing & Events Director at Malinovski (the Expoforest organizer).

The Brazilian Forestry Fair brought 240 exhibitors to showcase their machinery and equipment in static displays and dynamic operations. “When we were organizing the 2018 edition, we presented the motto Extreme Forestry Fair. We’re certain those who visited the fair were able to witness in loco the best live timber harvesting, transportation and biomass demonstrations in the world,” reiterates Ricardo Malinovski.

In an innovative way, the 4th Expoforest hosted the 1st South American Forwarder Operator Championship, which emphasized the key role played by the professionals who work on the frontlines of the forestry sector. The champion was Klabin operator Rodrigo Lemes da Silva. Carlos Alexandre Gomes Pereira, from Duratex, placed second. “The finals were very exciting. I came to compete, but I’m very happy I’ve won. If I have the chance, I’ll be back to try to win twice,” celebrated the winner.

According to Malinovski, the next Expoforest will take place in 2022.

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Photo: Courtesy of Expoforest | Raphael Bernadelli.

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RFAs and biodiversity go hand-in-hand

GFIS - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 00:26
National parks that genuinely promote biodiversity are the best way to guarantee the future of the timber industry under the New South Wales regional forest agreements (RFAs). Traditional Aboriginal forest burning should play a key role in managing the forests. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz That’s the view of the South East Timber Association in its submission to the renewal of the NSW RFAs. The association represents those involved in harvest operations. SETA’s president, Stephen Pope, said if the park reserve system produced the intended environmental services, the pressure to lock up more forest in reserves would be greatly reduced. Now, almost 80% of public land in NSW was in formal parks and reserves, while large parts of the remaining two million hectares of state forests were unavailable for timber supply. Mr Pope said a stated aim of the RFAs – to provide long-term stability off forests and forest industries – had not occurred. “For over 25 years, small communities across NSW have experienced negative social impacts following cutbacks to the native forest industries,” he said. “The promised replacement jobs in eco-tourism have proved to be nothing more than eco-activist and political hot air.” Mr Pope said the ongoing campaign to close down the native forestry industry would result in higher imports from countries with often lower environmental protection standards than NSW. This was “immoral, arrogant and unsustainable”, he said. Mr Pope said a new forest management approach was needed, as forest fuel loads had increased massively in the past 20 years. “It is only a matter of time before devastating fires will impact south-east NSW forests, unless there are significant reductions in forest fuel loads,” he said. The megafires and wildfires in the Kosciusko National Park in 2002-03 were a warning: they devastated 2.5 million hectares of mostly forested land over 60 days, killing an estimated 370 million birds, mammals and reptiles. A more insidious issue was the general decline in forest health in NSW outside the areas hit by megafires. “The elimination of frequent low intensity burns not only exacerbates megafire risk, it also changes soil chemistry, which impacts on general tree and forest health,” he said. Mr Pope said the conservation model involving the transfer of state forest to the parks and reserves network had proved to be ineffective. Current regulations and management “fail to provide ecologically sustainable management in either the parks and reserves”. This policy had its roots in the concept of “terra nullius” (nobody’s land). “Conservation management language, concepts and practices that underpin the ‘terra nullius’ approach include wilderness, precautionary approach and passive management,” he said. There was now insufficient traditional and /or ecological burning. Mr Pope said policy should now codify active and adaptive management. “Scientific research needs to be interpreted in the context of over 50,000 years of management, at a landscape level, by aboriginal people,” he said. “The loss of aboriginal management of the land has created a major ecological disturbance that many ecologists fail to recognise.” Scientists’ reports too often had an eco-political agenda, not a specific scientific objective. Mr Pope said parks and reserve managers should do co-ordinated survey work for a broader range of key species and report on a five-yearly basis, in line with RFA reporting. This would show that the RFA reserve system was delivering the conservation outcomes that had been expected when the land was reserved. Mr Pope said there had been successes with the current approach. Over the past decade predator control had targeted foxes and wild dogs, which had lifted the number of mammals such as potoroos and bandicoots. This made a mockery of activist claims that “harvesting is the only threat to these species”. “Unfortunately, there is no specific targeting of feral cats across the broad landscape,” he said. Species continued to decline despite the large increase in the area of ‘protected’ parks and reserves. Mr Pope said reformed conservation management would allow the ongoing use of less than 20% of the public native forest estate for the sustainable production of forest products. As well, it would provide “a fair share of environmental and recreational services”, he said.

Climate warming could be good for tree growth

GFIS - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 00:18
Climate change could speed the natural regrowth of forests on undeveloped or abandoned land in the eastern US, according to a new study. Source: Eureka Alert If left to nature’s own devices, a field of weeds and grasses over time will be replaced by saplings, young trees and eventually mature forest. Earlier research has shown that this succession from field to forest can happen decades sooner in the southeastern US than in the Northeast. But it wasn’t obvious why, especially since northern and southern fields are first colonized by many of the same tree species. Now, a study published Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences points to temperature as the major factor influencing the pace at which trees take over. The results suggest that as temperatures rise, faster-growing forests on lands that humans have left idle could play a bigger role in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, say researchers from Duke University and Syracuse University. The team conducted the experiment at six sites up and down the eastern US, from New York to Florida. At each site, the researchers followed the early lives of four tree species that are common early arrivals in abandoned farm fields – loblolly pine, black cherry, red cedar and sweetgum. Using plastic wading pools as planters, they grew the trees from seed in plots with varying soil fertility, and with and without different mixes of early succession plants such as broomsedge and goldenrod. In each plot the researchers also measured light availability, soil moisture, nutrients and other variables known to affect plant growth. After two years, the tree seedlings grew faster at southern sites. But surprisingly, other plant species grew slower. One possibility is that soil fertility is the main factor, said co-author Jason Fridley, associate professor of biology at Syracuse University. The thinking was that poorer southern soils produce a sparser carpet of weeds and grasses. This might in turn shade emerging tree seedlings to a lesser extent than in the north, and make it easier for them to grow up through the gaps. But statistical analyses weighing the relative effects of soil fertility and other factors revealed that temperature was the biggest driver of tree seedling growth. Part of the reason is that milder winters and earlier springs mean a longer growing season, said Justin Wright, associate professor of biology at Duke. The results are important because average annual temperatures in the eastern US are predicted to warm by five to nine degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century. Rising temperatures could also bring more droughts, Wright cautions. But in the absence of drought stress, even minor warming will likely accelerate the transition from field to forest. This also means that northeastern meadows that normally persist for decades may become shorter-lived, Mr Fridley said. The forests that replace them probably won’t mirror native forests, he added – especially if cold-intolerant trees that are common colonizers of southern fields find it increasingly easy to survive and take hold in the north. “Certainly, in the next 100 years and maybe in the next 50 years, fields will likely transition much faster to woody vegetation,” Mr Fridley said. “The double whammy is the trees themselves are going to change too.” But young, rapidly growing trees can potentially absorb more carbon dioxide than weeds and grasses as they convert the heat-trapping gas to the sugar they need to grow. That means that undeveloped or abandoned land, if left undisturbed, could soon play a bigger role in offsetting human sources of carbon dioxide emissions. “Faster-growing forests on once-cultivated land aren’t going to solve the climate change problem,” Mr Wright said. “But one of the reasons we care about these abandoned sites is they have really high potential for carbon sequestration.”

Poland has violated EU laws logging in Białowieża

GFIS - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 00:18
The EU’s highest court has ruled that Poland’s logging in the Unesco-protected Białowieża forest is illegal, potentially opening the door to multi-million euro fines. Source: The Guardian At least 10,000 trees are thought to have been felled in Białowieża, one of Europe’s last parcels of primeval woodland, since the Polish environment minister, Jan Szyzko tripled logging limits there in 2016. Greenpeace says that as many as 100,000 conifers and broad-leaved trees in the lowland forest may have been lost. Poland had claimed that the chainsaws were needed to excise a spruce beetle outbreak but, in a damning ruling, the EU judges found that Poland’s own documents showed that logging posed a greater threat to Białowieża’s integrity. A minimum fine of €4.3m – potentially rising to €100,000 a day – could now be levied against Poland unless the tree felling is stopped. James Thornton, the chief executive of the green law firm ClientEarth, said: “This is a huge victory for all defenders of Białowieża forest. Hundreds of people were heavily engaged in saving this unique, ancient woodland from unthinkable destruction.” The EU’s environment commissioner, Karmenu Vella, tweeted: “Protecting biodiversity paramount. We welcome the Polish Govt’s recognition & look forward to implementation”. The European court of justice ruling follows reports of imminent Polish concessions in a separate dispute between Warsaw and Brussels over the independence of its judiciary and free media. EU officials though stressed that Białowieża was a “very separate” case, adding that the commission would now closely monitor Poland’s response to the verdict. “If they comply with the judgment, no problem,” one EU source told the Guardian. “If they don’t, we have a possibility to go to a second infringement procedure that may end up in fines.” A government statement said that Poland would soon propose a “compromise solution” for Białowieża, after a new protection plan had been prepared. Henryk Kowalczyk, the country’s environment minister, added: “Poland will respect the verdict. The Białowieża forest is our national heritage. All the activities have been undertaken with its preservation in the best possible condition for present and future generations in mind.” Another government source told the Guardian: “The issue is not black and white, but nobody will be questioning the ruling.” Białowieża is one of the last remaining fragments of the primeval forest that carpeted Europe 10,000 years ago, and it remains a haven for birds, wolves, lynx and 25% of the world’s European bison population. Nestled across Poland and Belarus on the watershed of the Baltic and Black Seas, Unesco has classified the forest as a site of “outstanding universal value”. But Greenpeace argues that it is still threatened by government plans to replant in virgin forest areas, and should be turned into a national park. Its spokeswoman, Kasia Jagiello, said: “Białowieża has beautiful powers to regenerate itself – if it is left alone. If you plant new trees in logged parts of the natural forest, you risk turning it into a managed wood, and we have more than enough of those in Poland.” The group is fighting for charges to be dropped against 300 activists arrested during anti logging protests, and fears that public safety will be used as “a pretext” for continued low level logging. Poland has withdrawn its heavy machinery from Białowieża, while preserving a right to continue logging where falling trees or branches are a concern. But the EU court found that Poland had not defined precisely what “public safety” meant, and that its “active forest management operations” could not be permitted for that reason. The issue could be a test for the commission, which sees “a positive recalibration” in Warsaw, since Jan Szyzko’s removal as environment minister in January. Ariel Brunner, head of policy at BirdLife Europe, said that the EU’s swift action had “stopped the chainsaw massacre of Europe’s most iconic forest, but only after substantial damage has already been done. The commission must now show the same resolve in tackling the many other cases of illegal environmental destruction underway throughout Europe.”

Asia Pacific Rainforest Summit

GFIS - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 00:15
The 3rd Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit (APRS) starts on 23-25 of April in Yogyakarta, Indonesia with the theme: Protecting Forests and People, Supporting Economic Growth. Source: Timberbiz Seven subthemes have evolved through APRS activities and in response to partners’ and participants’ engagements and priorities. These seven submthemes form a starting point for the selection of discussion topics at the 2018 APRS. Forests in NDCs The objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement cannot be achieved without forests. Many countries in Asia and the Pacific give a large importance to forests and trees in their NDCs. Also, as strongly stipulated under the Paris Climate Agreement, REDD+ has been widely recognized as a positive incentive mechanism, as well as an important mitigation action from the forestry sector. Restoration and Sustainable Management of Peatlands Sixty-eight percent of the world’s peatlands can be found in Southeast Asia. Formed over centuries of waterlogged conditions, peatlands cover 3% to 5% of the earth’s surface but are home to more than 30% of the carbon stored in soil. Mangroves and Blue Carbon Mangroves are among the most carbon-rich forests in the tropics and support numerous ecosystem services. These forests form an important part of the carbon stored in coastal and marine ecosystems, called “blue carbon.” Community Forestry Government plays a key role in establishing land and forest tenure laws and in supporting related access, rights and use. This can lead to resource protection and set incentives for investors to promote the growth of sustainable small and medium enterprises. Ecotourism and Conservation of Biodiversity Economic incentives are imperative for nature conservation and ecotourism, when done correctly, combines environmental – and biodiversity – awareness and sustainability with local economic benefit. Production Forests Timber has been the principle driver of economic development for many Asia-Pacific countries. Production forests also provide non-timber products and environmental services, linking forestry with economics and climate and water regulation. Forest Finance, Investment and Trade The demand for high-value food commodities, such as palm oil, increases pressure on forests and contributes to deforestation, while unsustainable logging in natural forests contributes to forest degradation. Several public and private policy responses have emerged to reduce deforestation and forest degradation. More information about the event is available at www.cifor.org

Timber & Working with Wood Show

GFIS - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 00:13
The Timber & Working With Wood Show is on from tomorrow Friday 20 April until Sunday 22 April in Brisbane. Source: Timberbiz This is one of Australia’s premier events for woodworking and encompasses information and attractions for everyone with an interest in wood from the hobbyist to the enthusiast to the skilled tradesman. The event opens daily at 10am at the Brisbane RNA Showgrounds and finishes at 4pm at the Brisbane RNA Showgrounds. Tickets are available for one day or for the whole event. Sourcing Timber Whether you’re looking to source a one-off piece of unique timber for a sculpture project, a plantation timber for your construction needs or rare salvaged wood for a musical instrument or special piece of furniture, the show brings the Asia Pacific’s best timbers together under the one roof. DIY Furniture Making From the fundamentals of furniture making through to the more complex finishes and construction techniques, discover the joy of selecting the perfect piece of unique wood for your project, planning, designing and creating your own wood furniture at the show. Renovating or Restoring Find out how to restore a timber home or furniture to its former glory; demonstrations, products, tools and maintenance tips to get it right the first time and enjoy your restoration project for many years to come. Wood Working for Women Working with wood has become a popular hobby for women of all age groups, and the show will bring some of Australia’s leading experts together to provide informative and exciting demonstrations on specialised finishes, craft projects, carving, framing and furniture making.

Kangaroo Island coastal modelling at Smith Bay

GFIS - Thu, 19/04/2018 - 00:12
Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers has received the initial results of coastal process modelling at Smith Bay, the site of the proposed KI Seaport. Source: KIPT and Timberbiz The initial modelling, by the coastal process modeller Dr Ian Teakle, addressed the primary and secondary effects of the dredging needed to create a berth pocket and to level the seaward approaches. The results are favourable, and show that: Smith Bay is subject to natural variation in water quality. Fine materials are periodically deposited from nearby watercourses and then re-suspended and dispersed during periods of wind-driven waves. The general area is subject to low velocity, underlying, longshore currents that are mainly driven by tidal effects in the Gulf St Vincent and Investigator Strait. The prevailing direction of these currents at Smith Bay is westwards, so that the net movement of any suspended particles is away from the intakes of the onshore abalone farm located several hundred metres to the east of the site. Notwithstanding the general westward current, in certain wind and tide conditions the currents run eastwards. The net effect is that construction work in water would need to be conducted during periods when there was no likelihood of significant eastwards currents, and with monitoring equipment in place. The coastal process modelling did not identify any significant or persistent effects on marine flora and fauna beyond the footprint of the development itself. This is readily achievable. The next phase of modelling will address the effect of the inwater structures on coastal processes and will assist in optimising their design. As previously announced, the company remains committed to delivering and operating the KI Seaport in a way that minimises negative impacts on water quality. The results show that this is achievable. Full details of this and other studies will be available in the forthcoming Environmental Impact Statement for the project.


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