Socio-economic research to support successful farm forestry

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  • Published: 1 Feb 2001

  • Author(s): Race, Digby

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The Department of Forestry at The Australian National University held its Annual Research Colloquium in February 2000 on ‘Socio-economic Research to Support Successful Farm Forestry’. There were more than 20 speakers, including Dr Hans Drielsma (Forestry Tasmania), Dr Neil Barr (DNRE Victoria) and Prof Craig Pearson (Bureau of Rural Sciences). The colloquium was presented in partnership with the CRC for Sustainable Production Forestry and the Joint Venture Agroforestry Program.

The colloquium heard that there are strong forces which are increasing the focus on traditional rural farmland for production of forest products. The NFPS/RFA processes are reserving increasing proportions of our native forests for conservation purposes, and constraining timber production on the remainder. There is a consequent shift to more intensive forest management on smaller areas to maintain production requirements, and forestry is moving out of the hinterland into more settled rural landscapes. At the same time there has been a recognition of international market opportunities with the Plantation 2020 Vision providing a framework for increased investment in forestry, largely on farmland.