VicForests is delivering a farm forestry program in Gippsland as part of the Victorian Forestry Plan.
The program will support the establishment of plantations on farms, to expand and diversify the state’s timber resources.
The program will focus on short and long rotation plantings for both hardwood and softwood species and is expected to consist of three main planting methods:
Woodlots – small scale plantations, generally between 5–20 hectares
Shelterbelts – strips of trees strategically planted to shelter livestock, crops and pastures from the elements, as well as timber production
Wide spaced plantings– trees planted several metres apart to enable effective grazing of livestock or growth of crops, as well as timber production
Farm forestry is different from large-scale commercial plantations as it incorporates the commercial growing of trees into other farming systems. It works best when it forms part of a whole farm plan, including for woodlots, timber belts, and wider spaced alley plantings.
Farm forestry facilitates:
enhanced farm productivity
increased range and quantity of products available to the timber industry
diversified income streams for farmers and other private landholders, through the sale of timber and carbon
increased economic activity in regional communities.
The benefits of farm forestry include:
diversifying farm income
providing shelter for stock, crops and pastures
environmental benefits such as carbon storage, habitat creation and improved water quality
creating jobs in the community.
In the coming months, we will be commencing grant applications for landholders to establish demonstration sites. These sites will be used to exhibit the process, management requirements and multiple benefits of growing trees on farms for the purpose of timber production.
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