A Farm Forestry Project brought to you by Private Forestry Service Queensland and the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country program.
Have you got land going to waste? Weed infested, eroding, unmanageable grass, too small for cows but too much for the ride-on? How often did you slash your block of land last summer and to what end? Will your children still be slashing that same paddock in years to come? Grass management without livestock is an unproductive energy consumer.
Farm Forestry is a viable commercial alternative for landholders in South-east Queensland and Northern New South Wales who have marginal, unproductive and/or weed-infested paddocks. Farm Forestry systems are a practical, cost-effective and successful method of reforesting degraded land. Growing forests on private land provides a renewable and sustainable timber resource, a wealth of environmental benefits such as improved water quality and wildlife habitat, as well as new investment creating new jobs for our rural areas.
The Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country program, in partnership with Private Forestry Service Queensland (PFSQ) have funded a new farm forestry project for South-east Queensland and northern New South Wales landholders.
The Re-forest.net project will run until June 2013, providing free adult training, education and incentives to over 500 landholders across the project region.
Participating landholders will plant more than 180,000 commercial native eucalypt seedlings over the next two and a half years. Re-forest.net will improve landholder capacity to manage timber plantations, will assist landholders with planning and management, and will provide the eucalypt seedlings for free.
Private Forestry Service Queensland (PFSQ) is an incorporated (not-for-profit) association whose primary function is to assist in the sustainable development of the private forest industry. PFSQ’s membership comprises of farm forestry support groups, industry representatives, government representatives, landcare groups, academic institutions and individuals with an interest in private forestry. The group is overseen by a management board of six eminent forest industry representatives from the timber processing, forest science, natural resource management and tertiary education sectors.
To see farm forestry in action and to find out more about the Re-forest.net project, join our dedicated email list and come along to a Property Planning Workshop or to the Annual Farm Forestry Bus Trip.
Phone PFSQ on (07) 54836535
Re-forest.net project officer: Kaara Shaw on 0488 080 566
Introductory Farm Forestry Field Day – 4th May 2013