Reef Catchments Sustainable Forestry
Reef Catchments is working with community and industry to promote sustainable forestry in the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac region.
The above video about our trial site in Eungella outlines the challenges faced by forestry in cyclone-prone regions throughout much of coastal Queensland. Together with our project partners Pioneer Catchment and Landcare we have researched methods of forestry, which may provide an alternative in our region.
Regenerative Agroforestry method called Syntropic Farming uses principles from natural systems to combine agriculture and agroforestry. There are many benefits both economic and ecological where forestry plots are also planted with small crops and follow a natural succession of planting. This method allows the landholder to receive an income from 3 months after planting and fully grown forestry trees in the longer term. Read the article from a recent attendance at a Syntropic Farming workshop at a working farm in Tolga on the Atherton Tablelands, which had been destroyed by two previous cyclones and rebuilt using Syntropic Farming as a model to make their farm more resilient. Register your interest in finding out more or attending a workshop in the future.
Current activities include:
- Facilitation of the Regional Forestry Working Group
- Partnering with landholders, industry members and Landcare to run local sustainable forestry demonstration trials
- Coordinating field trips and information days to promote sustainable forestry in the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac region
- Review of existing forestry trials in the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac region, Reef Catchments led, supported by the Regional Working Group
Developed sustainability frameworks alongside industry members and landholders for plantation forestry and native forestry
Previous Forestry Events
- Nebo Sawmill Tour and Forestry Field Day, November 2017
- Eungella Forestry Field Day with Lucas Mill demonstration and tree felling, April 2017
Trials and Demonstration – current, 2017
- Plantation and Native Forestry, Di Williams
- Native Forestry on unsuitable cropping land, Max McFarlane
- Growing Rosewood in various landscapes, Will Higham
Key Contact – Tegan McBride
Position: Project Officer – Sustainable Agriculture
Phone: (07) 4968 4226
Mobile: 0408 904 036
E-Mail: Tegan McBride