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New tree planting project to deliver benefits to farmers

DATE 23/01/2011

Forestry Tasmania is close to finalising an innovative tree planting project that will deliver significant benefits to farmers.

Executive General Manager Hans Drielsma said the most practical means for farmers to adjust to climate changes is to plant trees on agricultural land.

“Around Australia, 60 to 70 million tonnes of carbon is emitted every year from deforestation.  Almost all of these emissions are from land clearing for agricultural use.

“There are many opportunities plant more trees on farms for carbon sequestration, which will make a significant contribution to offsetting these carbon emissions. 

“When developed as part of an integrated farm management plan, tree plantings on farms will not only mitigate climate change, but will deliver a range of other benefits to farmers as well. 

“These benefits include the opportunity to reclaim weed infested land, secure a new revenue stream, provide shelter for stock and crops, increase the capital value of land, and provide long term habitat for the swift parrot.

Dr Drielsma said Trees on Farms will allow farmers to tap into Forestry Tasmania’s expertise in sustainable forest management.

“Trees on Farms will operate as a joint venture between Forestry Tasmania and landowners.  Trees will be established at no cost to farmers, who in return will protect the growing trees from stock and browsing animals.

“The trees will be harvested in 15 to 30 years’ time, with the profits to be shared between Forestry Tasmania and the landowner.

“Trees on Farms will provide a commercial solution to a range of environmental problems.”

Trees on Farms will be officially launched in the near future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forestry Tasmania is currently assessing land for suitability to be included in the Trees on Farms program.  For more information, please call Trees on Farms Project Manager
Anthony Wise on 0429 580 785.

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