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Industry News

M&M Timber, now part of the Forest Garden group, has recently launched its new sales and marketing strategy to focus on growth of its round timber product range.
Builders Merchants News - Jul 29, 2014
With M&M's fresh new corporate identity and product logos launched only last week, the company is all set for a bumper year ahead. Now focussing on its core range of round timbers for the agricultural, landscaping and play industries, the company is also currently embarking on an investment programme. ....
Scientists have come up with a way of using noise cancelling technology for acoustic barriers alongside roads and railway lines
The Construction Index - Jul 29, 2014
Sonobex Limited, a newly formed spin-out from Loughborough University, has funding from the Technology Strategy Board, to bring its SonoBarrier acoustic fences to market. The first CE mark prototypes are expected to be produced by February 2015, the company says. ....
Questions to Ask Before Purchasing Bollards
Traffic Guard Blog - Aug 4, 2014
If you’re considering purchasing bollards to add safety, security, and protection to your property or business, you’ll probably have some questions to ask the vendors you’re considering before you commit to a certain style. To ensure you make the best purchasing choice, remember to ask these questions to narrow down your decision....

Decking Industry News

Not-real-wood company Trex posts a very real earnings bump
Washington Post - Aug 4, 2014
In the past three months, Trex, the world’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing, recorded sales of $121.3 million, a 23 percent increase over the $98.6 million in revenue posted during the same period last year and a 10 percent bump over the first quarter.....

Local Government Issues

Wilkes-Barre: No city restriction on razor wire for prison fence
Times Leader - Aug 5, 2014
WILKES-BARRE — There appear to be no city zoning restrictions that would prevent razor wire from being installed on the fence surrounding the Luzerne County Correctional Facility’s Minimal Offenders Building, the site of two inmate escapes since June. ....
Plan to build a fence? Better talk to zoning regulators first to avoid fine
WCPO - Aug 5, 2014
SYMMES TWP., Ohio – They say good fences make good neighbors. But two Symmes Township residents found out they can also make trouble.....
Electric Fence has political jolt in St. Petersburg
Tampa Bay Times - Aug 1, 2014
The electric fence around Tibbetts Lumber Co. has been unplugged for months. Politically, though, the lumberyard partially owned by powerful State Sen. Jeff Brandes is still buzzing. ....
George Washington Bridge suicide prevention fence will cost $50M
New York Post - Jul 31, 2014
The Port Authority is planning to construct a 9-foot “suicide fence” on the George Washington Bridge at a cost of nearly $50 million to stop the spate of jumpers......
Landowner told to move fence out of county right-of-way
Independent Record - Aug 3, 2014
A property owner at the intersection of Lincoln Road and Green Meadow Drive will be required to move his fence for ongoing roadwork.....

Community Issues

Extending fence could end Stonington dog park dispute
The Day - Aug 5, 2014
Stonington - The town plans to extend a fence at the unofficial dog park behind the borough sewer plant as a way to help resolve a dispute between pet owners and a neighboring homeowner.....
Rail Trail neighbors want good fences
Cape Cod Times - Aug 4, 2014
SOUTH YARMOUTH — Beacon Street property owners along the planned Cape Cod Rail Trail extension are at odds with state officials over what they say is a broken promise to provide their stretch with an 8-foot-high stockade fence....
Parents upset about large fencing at public park
First Coast News - jujl 29, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It is a public park, but there are hundreds of feet of new fencing around popular soccer fields and that's got parents upset. Some are claiming they're loosing access.....
Army extends comment period in disputed plan to fence off part of Silver Spring hiking trail
The Republic - Aug 1, 2014
SILVER SPRING, Maryland — The Army Corps of Engineers is giving people more time to comment on a disputed plan to fence off part of a popular Silver Spring running trail near an old Army landfill.....

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Fencing and Animal - Wildlife

Wildlife exclusion fence stops flow of kangaroo plague onto western Queensland property
ABC Rural - Aug 5, 2014
A western Queensland grazier has stopped the flow of kangaroos onto his property with a wildlife exclusion fence. Warwick Champion installed seven kilometres of the fence on his station west of Longreach, targeting a section which had become a highway for kangaroos and pigs.....
Landers: More thoughtful fence building helps keep critters safe
Spokesman Review - Jul 31, 2014
Fences are not natural to wildlife. Although Northwest critters have lived among fences for more than a century, they still run into them. They snag legs and other body parts on barbed-wire or metal posts. They detour around them and get ambushed by predators,....
Electric fences used to keep bears away
Western News - Aug 1, 2014
Electric fences are now being used to ward off bears in Lincoln County – and for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ bear management specialist Kim Annis, the fences are an effective way to prevent conflicts with people.....

Railroads

City says fence along Corner railroad tracks is safety necessity, but some are skeptical
C-Ville  - Jul 30, 2014
It’s a humid July day, and UVA fourth-year Henry Ilnicky just wants a sandwich. From where he’s standing on 15th Street, Ilnicky could walk under a train trestle and through a third of a mile of busy Corner streets to reach his destination...
Do we need a fence along the railroad tracks at the Corner?
Charlottesville Tomorrow  - Aug 4, 2014
As reported by C-VILLE Weekly, the City of Charlottesville has been granted federal authorization and $382,000 in funding to construct a seven-foot fence along a stretch of railroad tracks near the Corner....

USA/Mexico Border Fence

Rains, Smugglers Damage US-Mexico Border Fence
ABC News  - Jul 30, 2014
U.S. Border Patrol officials said Wednesday that agents discovered a garage-sized hole through a steel fence that divides the United States and Mexico just east of Nogales, Arizona......

International Borders

Hi-Tech Moroccan Border Fence Angers Algeria
Morocco World News  - Aug 1, 2014
French TV channel France 24, exploring the effect of the fence on Algeria, has reported that Algeria is “angered” by Morocco’s new strategy to protect its borders. According to the French TV channel, the Algerian authorities consider the Moroccan measure to be an “accusation” against Algeria as being a regional exporter of terrorism.......
Russian border fence divides Georgia and South Ossetia
EuroNews  - Jul 29, 2014
People living along the disputed border between Georgia and South Ossetia say a Russian constructed fence is dividing communities and separating people from their families and property......

Weird News

FBI Description OF Pennsylvania Bank Robber Focuses On Thief's Legs
Huffington Post - Aug 4, 2014
The FBI wants the public's help finding an elderly man who robbed a Pennsylvania bank, but you won't recognize him by his face. Instead, the telltale signs are in the suspect's legs......

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