Free native forest field day
FARMERS looking for more income and with native forest on their properties might want to visit a field day at Biggenden on Friday.
Private Forestry Service Queensland and Slack’s Hardwood are holding a native forests management and harvesting field day to be hosted by Charlie White on his family’s property just south of Biggenden on Friday, May 24.
Service extension officer Bill Schulke said for many landholders in the Burnett, native forests could provide a valuable additional income to other agricultural pursuits, particularly grazing.
“Of particular importance are the spotted gum and ironbark forests, which can produce a range of timber products over sequential harvests for decades, if not in perpetuity,” he said.
“To optimise the returns from native forests, landholders need to be prepared to manage their resource with timely and strategic harvests, thinning operations and appropriate fire regimes.”
Landholders are invited to attend the field day to inspect the recent harvest conducted by Slack’s Hardwood of Gayndah.
Topics will include forest products and value, harvest management, native forest code of practice applicable to the Vegetation Management Act; forest condition, tree health, crown condition and impact on timber growth and value; treatment to improve timber growth and value and integrating native forest management with grazing.
Phone 5483 6535 or 0408 963 723.