Possibilities for developing the forest practices system - a landowner's perspective.
By Rob Downie, private forest owner
Rob Downie gave a presentation titled 'Possibilities for developing the forest practices system - a landowner's perspective' at the Forest Practices Conference in Hobart, November 2017. His insightful and practical paper sets out, with examples, the challenges facing independent private forest owners and actions to assist landholders more expediently conduct their forestry enterprises in both the short and long term.
Stand Structure and Diversity in five Silvicultural Regimes including old-growth Eucalyptus obliqua forest - Northern Tasmania
This presentation and paper reports on the analysis of forest structure, floristic diversity and habitat condition for contemporary silvicultural regimes applied on a small-scale, family-sized landholding, a 760ha forested property in the Northern Midlands and located on the eastern foothills of the Great Western Tiers. This study was presented by Greg Unwin, University of Tasmania, at the Australian Forest Growers, National Farm Forestry Conference in Lismore, NSW in October 2014 and is available at the link below.
Growing Acacia melanoxylon Using Eucalyptus nitens and Pinus radiata nurse crops in Northern Tasmania
In 1997, a replicated trial was established on 3 hectares of wind-exposed marginal farmland at Claude Road near Sheffield. The trial was used to test techniques to grow and manage Acacia melanoxylon (Blackwood) for timber production using sacrificial Eucalyptus nitens or Pinus radiata nurse crops. The results of this study were presented at the Australian Forest Growers, National Farm Forestry Conference in Lismore, NSW in October 2014 and are available at the links below.
Species, Site and Silviculture: a Critical Match for Successful Farm Forestry
The matching of species and silviculture to site characteristics is necessary to produce commercial tree crops successfully and particularly on marginal sites with low rainfall. This project investigated plantation options on such sites with moderate to low productivity. Several mature and immature plantations of varied history and site characteristics were investigated and during 2007-2009 early thinning and fertilizer applications, to maximize diameter growth of pruned final crop trees, were trialled on five Eucalyptus nitens and three Pinus radiata plantations across a mean annual rainfall range of 600 to 1,000mm in Northern Tasmania. This report was presented at the Australian Forest Growers, National Farm Forestry Conference in Lismore, NSW in October 2014 and is available at the links below.
A Case Study Using the Farm Forestry Toolbox to determine Timber Volumes, Values and Financial Outcomes for Farm Forests
The Farm Forestry Toolbox program was developed by Private Forests Tasmania over a decade ago and up to 2012 with funding support from the Australian Government. There have been continuous improvements and updates since. This case study demonstrates how the Farm Forestry Toolbox can be used to; (1) analyse inventory data from plantation stands to estimate wood volumes and values and (2) estimate both harvest age and financial outcomes. The results of this case study were presented at the Australian Forest Growers, National Farm Forestry Conference in Lismore, NSW in October 2014 and are available at the links below.
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