Using portable sawmills to produce high value timber from farm trees in the semi-arid zone

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  • Published: 1 Oct 2003

  • Author(s): Blackwell, P., Stewart, M.

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Australian farmers have generally embraced tree planting on their properties for environmental benefit for some time and these benefits are, more or less, well understood and accepted. However, over the last decade or so, there has also been a move to integrate trees more into the farming enterprise in commercial terms as well as for environmental amelioration. The production of wood from farm-grown trees has also become an issue of increasing interest for the community generally, both for its potential to broaden the economic base of rural communities as well as a perceived benefit in an alternative source of wood to native forests