WEBINAR: Growing Durable Eucalypts in Plantations
Date: Wednesday 21 June
Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm (AEST)
Chair: Jon Lambert
RFP CPD points: 1.5
With an increasing demand for durable timber an expansion of the durable eucalypt plantation estate is desperately needed. Case studies from small- scale hardwood eucalypt plantations will feature in this webinar. With over 20 years of successfully growing durable eucalypts, Durable Eucalypt Growers Forum (DEGF) members Mark Wright, Emma Leslie and Kaara Shaw will present key outcomes from their experience.
Growing durable eucalypts in the sub tropics, 20 years of experience and experimentation
Mark Wright | Super Forest Plantations
Super Forest Plantations has been experimenting with a multitude of plantation parameters in the process of developing a successful model for mixed species durable eucalypt plantations in the sub tropics. Working with a range of species planted in various designs, incorporating different stocking rates, row orientation, species mixtures and thinning regimes to enable commercial thinning events and a clearfall harvest at the end of a 30 to 35 year rotation. Super Forest Plantations have been producing a range of products from 15 to 20 year old durable species that can be processed on farm and sold at the farm gate. These products, some still in development, are now driving our silvicultural regime and species selection.
Growing High-Value Sawlog in Plantations – the Gippsland experience
Emma Leslie | Heartwood Unlimited
Heartwood Unlimited has established a working model to grow naturally durable eucalypt sawlog in plantations in the Gippsland region of southeast Victoria. Combining plantations with whole-of-property management and diversifying products allows investors to see a continuing increase in land value as well as providing a timber product that is sustainable, locally grown, naturally durable and highly sought after in the market. There have been many learnings along the way and research and development continues to refine the methods and possibilities for a successful and sustainable agroforestry system.
Growing Forests for High-value Timber Products in South East Queensland
Kaara Shaw | Forest Land Management (FLM)
Small-scale hardwood eucalypt plantations are producing high-value, commercial timber products in South East Queensland while also providing habitat and landscape services. These plantations have the capacity to significantly contribute to future log supply as our country heads towards an inevitable shortage of durable homegrown wood. The landscape, climate and markets in South East Queensland have influenced a production model that aims to grow the highest-value product possible (long-section, large diameter, durable and strong), within a viable economic timeframe, gaining recognition as a viable form of primary production on smaller holdings. The applied production model undergoes continuous improvement and continues to raise expectations.
Forestry Australia Member: $10 | Non-Member: $50 | Student members: Free
Registrations close: 10:00am (AEST) Tuesday 20 June