Designing Silvicultural Research Trials

  • 125 pages

  • Published: 18 Nov 2008

  • Author(s): Lott, R, Wardill, T

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This manual is one in a series being produced by the Joint Venture Agroforestry Program (JVAP) and published by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC). The aim of the series is to provide practical guidance for people wishing to establish successful farm forestry projects.

Australian federal and state government policies are supporting the development of plantations on cleared farmland for wood production as part of their 2020 Vision. With an increased interest in plantations of Australian native trees, a need for information on species performance over a range of sites, grown with suitable silvicultural management, has developed. To provide this information, research and demonstration trials should be well designed and, where possible, allow comparison among trials. This manual provides guidelines for the design and reporting of silvicultural field experiments, focusing on hardwoods in plantations. It has been compiled using contemporary literature and advice from silvicultural researchers throughout Australia. It is complementary to another manual in this JVAP series, Designing farm forestry trials for species and provenance selection (McLeod et al., in press), which aims to assist community groups and land managers who wish to identify the best species for their farm forestry projects.