Fourteen landholders at the recent Reef Catchments Forestry Field day were treated to a tour of the Nebo Sawmill and a full demonstration of tree felling and milling, from start to finish. Attendees were also given information on the sustainable harvesting practices for native forests on privately-owned land.
Reef Catchments Sustainable Agriculture Project Officer, Sophie Glasser said, “There are opportunities for landholders to selectively and sustainably participate in the forestry industry without planting and waiting for 20 years.”
Presenter Ken McFadzen has found success in developing relationships with local landholders who already have the commodity within their native forests, working collaboratively and selecting species that are fit for purpose that is already growing on their property. There are also benefits to the landholder for both economic and environmental reasons, with weed management and ground cover improvement enabling productive grazing practices.
The event was funded under the Queensland Government Natural Resource Management Investment Program.