Free na­tive for­est field day

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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