Spot­light on pri­vate forests

Australian Forests and Timber - - IN THE NEWS -

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.

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