Evaluation of Product value and sawing and drying efficiencies for low rainfall hardwood thinnings

  • 61 pages

  • Published: 5 May 2009

  • Author(s): Washusen, Russell

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This JVAP publication examines the potential to develop a financially viable solid wood industry based on experiments conducted in an existing hardwood sawmill that has potential to make the transition to a plantation based resource. The logs processed were small diameter pruned logs obtained from experimental plantings of spotted gum established in the medium to low rainfall zone of southern Australia.

One of the impediments to developing broad scale application of farm forestry in the medium to low rainfall areas of Australia is the absence of both suitable resources for processing and suitable processing industries to provide market signals. While there are many hardwood mills currently processing native forest resources most are unlikely to employ technology suitable for plantation-grown logs, particularly for short length small diameter logs obtained from thinning operations or final harvests.