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TAS Country : February 17th 2011
22 Tasmanian Country Friday, February 18, 2011 Farm Forestry Special feature Plan for sustainable wood production MAKING THE GRADE: Bob Williams shows the finer points of log grading, the key to profitability. FIELD DAY: SFM forester Brett Stevenson explains how private forests can be managed for sustainable wood production. SFM Forest Products re- cently held a field day on the O'Connor family prop- erty, Benham, near Camp- bell Town in the Midlands. The aim was to show private forest owners the potential of applying first- class forest management practices to dry forests. The key message was good planning, attention to qual- ity, adherence to the Forest Practices Code and hands- on involvement by forest owners will result in su- stainable forest manage- ment and a reasonable on- going financial return. Benham has been har- vested up to four times over six generations since the late 1800s. Today, the O'Connor family aims to ensure their forest has the highest level of environmental creden- tials. Over half of the 10,000ha forest on their property, Benham, has been reserved from har- vesting and will largely provide biodiversity. The O'Connors have en- gaged SFM Forest Prod- ucts to manage about 2000ha of native forest us- ing best forest manage- ment practices standards. SFM, a fully Tasmanian owned company, helps for- est owners to maximise both the commercial and environmental values of their forests. While many think these objectives are contrary, the O'Connor family and SFM have shown these objectives are complementary and necessary to maintain the environmental values. SFM ensures income from harvesting is maxi- mised by very careful seg- regation of logs according to their value. At Benham, a top Tas- manian log grader Bob Williams was brought in to do this job. About 45 per cent of logs were graded for sawlogs and veneers. Given that these logs can be worth up to 400 per cent more than pulpwood, getting segre- gation right is essential for profitability. Logs are then sold to different markets for the highest possible price. At Benham, logs are sor- ted into six different clas- ses for potential pro- duction of flooring and framing, furniture, ven- eers, pallets, posts, sleepers and paper products. SFM has Australian For- est Standard accreditation for planning, roading, selective harvesting, silvi- culture, fire control and regeneration. The firm is currently seeking Forest Steward- ship Certification ac- creditation. At Benham about 30 per cent of the forest cover on small forest areas is su- stainably harvested every 30 years and could be continued indefinitely. SFM staff work closely with forest owners to en- sure their aims are under- stood and met. At Benham, Brett Stevenson works with Frank and his son Robert on forest estate planning, certified Forest Practices Plans, supervis- ion of forest operations and compliance. For more information about SFM Forest Prod- ucts go to www.sfmes.com- .au AFG/SFM Tree Farmer of the Year Award 2011 T T F o Y Aw d, o ou s d ck ow d s dow s o p v o s s, w o v d s c co u o o p v o s T s w o s s d o p o s d o v o s s o : > sus wood p oduc o > p o c o o c ops, so , w , p s u o v s ock > p s v o d c o od v s T c p w c v p qu ; $ 00 h AFG f r 2012 d $ 00 f h r o F Fo s P oduc s. E r f r fr : www.s s.co . u o www. . s . u h r f r : G w .u w @u s. du. u . 03 6324 3822 . 0417 540 745 E r Th r 4 h Apr 20 Planting trees on farms is the integrated way to diversify income streams, rehabilitate weed-infested land and provide shelter for stock and crops. In the future, trees on farms may also provide additional revenue from carbon credits. Best of all, with Forestry Tasmania, trees on farms can be planted at almost no cost -- with a share of the profit on harvest. It s a win-win partnership. Trees on Farms Project Manager- Anthony Wise mobile: 0429 580 785 email: email@example.com www.forestrytas.com.au Tony is an experienced Forest Practices Officer and has over 38 years experience in the timber harvesting industry HE CAN HELP YOU... Discuss and evaluate potential harvesting returns Prepare a Forest Practices Plan Organise a crew to harvest your trees For practical, professional and courteous advice Phone Tony Stonjek on 0419 573 205 or Office 6340 2064 firstname.lastname@example.org 2037267-110218 AKS Forest Solutions Pty Ltd Not sure what to do with the trees on your property Why not give Tony Stonjek a call?
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