Spotlight on private forests
AUSTRALIA’S PREMIER private forest conference with the theme Making the Right Choice is crucial to private forestry today, and topical sessions will showcase knowledge, proven forest and forest industries activities as well as research innovation in Australia.
The AFG Biennial National Conference, to be held in Launceston 23-26 October, will certainly satisfy anyone who owns or manages trees for commercial or non-commercial outcomes.
Hear how successful forest owners, consultants, leading researchers, innovative industry, government and communities make the right decisions to benefit from forestry. See, via field days, how private forestry and industry are growing their businesses in Tasmania today.
Communication is important and the three-day program of up to 40 ‘hands on’ speakers together with field tours and social functions will provide delegates an unrivalled opportunity to meet one another, the speakers, industry representatives and trade exhibitors to share ‘tree growing’ experiences and lean about practical developments and innovative research.
Private Forests Tasmania is the principal sponsor for the conference.
“Private Forests Tasmania works to expand the development of the private forest resource in Tasmania - consistent with sound forest and land management practices and that work is completely consistent with the four themes of our conference,” said Dr Kevin Harding, AFG National President.
The four major themes for the 2016 Conference are:
1. Investment which will cover; Institutional investment, government initiatives, succession, taxation, estate planning, insurance, markets and future directions.
2. Sustainability and environment to help delegates understand fire management, ecological restoration, biodiversity, biomass and carbon, grazing, water management, forest practices, apairy and community issues.
3. Forest growth and productivity which includes; Silviculture, nutrition, pests and diseases, genetics/tree breeding, establishment, species x sites, management systems harvesting and contractor accreditation.
4. Research and innovation which covers the latest in engineered wood, bioenergy, agroforestry, certification, management and silviculture, processing and utilisation, underwater harvesting, and modelling tools (Farm Forestry Toolbox), public relations and education.
“AFG is grateful for sponsorship and support from Private Forests Tasmania, Forico, SmartFibre, Forest & Wood Products Australia, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Haifa, Tamar NRM, IFARM, SFM Environmental Solutions, NRM North, Artec, Forest Practices Authority of Tasmania, ForestWorks, Pentarch Forestry, Incitec Pivot Fertilisers, University of Tasmania, ADAMA, JLT, MacSpread, BASF, Technical Forest Services, Greening Australia, TP Jones & Co, Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, Serv-AG, and Launceston City Council,” said Dr Harding.
Private Forests Tasmania promotes, fosters and assists the private forestry sector in Tasmania. It provides advice to Government and helps private landowners manage native forests and grow plantations for sustainable use.