Private Forestry Service Queensland (PFSQ) was originally one of 18 Regional Australian Forestry Committees established with support from the Federal and State Governments. This funding has been abolished.
PFSQ is now a fully fledged ‘Not for Profit’ organisation with Deductible Gift Recipient status and we cover a broad range of private forestry (native forest and plantation) activities including but not limited to the following:
- Forest management planning in context with the Australian Forestry Standard;
- Forest management operational works including all silvicultural aspects;
- Monitoring and review of forest management practices and their impact;
- Forest assessment and financial planning;
- Long term rehabilitation of degraded forests and degraded landscapes; and
- Application of currently accepted best management practices in order to achieve the full suite of social, environmental and financial aspirations of both the landholders and the Australian Forestry Standard.
Promotion of private forestry:
- Farm diversification and landscape restoration;
- Income and investment options;
- Improved financial resilience in times of drought;
- To increase terrestrial carbon stocks and transition to a reduced carbon economy;
- Rehabilitation of degraded forest and the application of environmental management systems; and
- Natural resource, catchment and regional economic benefits.
Provision of information and services:
- Technical advice (based on currently accepted best management practices);
- Development of information products;
- Newsletters and publications;
- Web-based services (www.pfsq.net); and
- Workshops and Field days.
Assistance with policy development:
- Input to Federal, State and Local Government processes;
- Ensuring policies and regulations support private forestry; and
- Interpreting policy to member groups and forest owners.
Industry and regional development:
- Developing partner projects with industry to address natural resource management issues;
- Developing partnerships with Indigenous groups;
- Engagement of relevant stakeholders;
- Promoting available industry support services; and
- Investigation and expansion of market opportunities.
The future of private forestry in Queensland lies largely with farmers and small-area landholders investing in tree-growing projects including;
- planting new plantations,
- managing native forest stands
- and tending natural regeneration.
Successful farm forestry requires a range of knowledge and skills, appropriate management systems, and an understanding of policy and regulatory environment. PFSQ aims to support its members with these needs and to represent their collective interests in regional and State forums.
Read our Annual Report 2011-2012 to get the whole picture of what PFSQ achieves.
Behind every successful organisation you’ll usually find a great team – PFSQ is no exception.
Sean Ryan – Executive officer
PFSQ is very proud of the depth of expertise and experience of our Board. Each of our Board members brings a wealth of knowledge, support and great ideas.