ausTimber 2004 Programme and Registration form
Albury NSW (2-3 April 2004)
A two day program comprising a half-day seminar and three half day site visits aimed at farmers seeking practical solutions to the many issues facing those currently involved in farm forestry, or those who are considering moving into farm forestry. (download .pdf file here)

Research_Library_Newsletter_No.2.pdf (March 2003)

The Farm Forestry and Agroforestry Research Library is now operational, with a set of databases containing over 5,000 references to research on, or relating to, farm forestry and agroforestry in Australia in the final stages of development. It provides reference details, locations of publications, keywords and abstract summaries.

Download FFARL database with readme manual (self-extracting Zip file)

FFARL Database Installation and running instructions (.txt file)

AFG Tree farmer award nominations due now
The AFG Tree Farmer of the Year Award honours and acknowledges landowners, and/or private forest managers who by their personal efforts have demonstrably managed to establish or maintain areas of forest on their property for the purposes of sustainable commerce in the products attainable from trees, protection for either catchments or crops, or for reasons of preservation of biodiversity or a particular forest ecosystem.


-excellence in farm planning and farm forestry
-good land management, in that the whole farm is either being used or there is a demonstration that a whole farm plan has been developed and that the part development is in line with such a plan
-innovation in any sector of private forestry natural forests, plantations, agro-forestry, etc.
-leadership in the community in these developments
-wide application of the principles adopted
-integration of forestry with other farm developments

The Award is offered bi-annually in each state to the value of $1000. The National Award will be presented at the Biennial Conference in Ballarat, Victoria in May 2004. The winner may receive air travel, registration and accommodation for one person to the Conference.

Contact AFG Secretaries in your state for details: See

Greenfleet is an innovative world first program that is doing something positive and practical to offset greenhouse gas emissions. Run from a small office on a South Gippsland farm, Greenfleet offers motorists the opportunity to compensate for the emissions produced by their cars. The program has been responsible for the planting of more than a million native trees since 1997. Motorists pay $30 a year (tax deductible) and Greenfleet plant 17native trees on their behalf. Over their lifetime, the trees soak up 4.33 tonnes of CO2 - the amount emitted by the average car each year. Greenfleet is always looking for large tracts of private and government land for our tree plantings. For more information contact Greenfleet forester Jackie Waring,, or phone (03) 5664 0172 and visit

Anyone interested in the Future Farmers Network can now access information
and news online. The new website features member profiles, information about
support services, as well as news and stories of interest to the rural

AusTimber - April 2004
Farmers looking for a grassroots introduction to farm forestry will welcome a "farm forestry package" being put on at AusTimber in early April 2004. ( details.pdf , call for papers.pdf )

North East Farm Forestry Forum
Thursday 22nd May 2003
Benalla Offices of Department of Primary Industries
35 Sydney Road
Benalla Victoria

Managing private native forests, a forum: Greening Australia - Victoria
Heidelberg (Melbourne),
Wednesday 21st May

Hear a from a series of speakers representing Greening Australia, the Private Forestry Council, Wilderness Society, Arthur Rylah Institute of Environmental Research, the Victorian Institute for Dryland Agriculture, ACF, Smartimbers and Friends of the Earth.
$88 Includes morning and afternoon tea, a light lunch and proceedings
Information and Registration form

Australian Forest Growers annual field day tour Friday 23 May 2003

Timber processing in the Tamar valley
"how can a $40 log be made into timber worth more than $400?"
Open to all AFG members and the public.
Starts 9.30 am Gunns, 36 St Leonards Road, Killafaddy (Launceston)
RSVP Tuesday 20 May 2003 ph 6336 5300

Forest Management Workshop (May 2003)

Postponed until 9 to 11 December 2003
Previous circular for the (now postponed), workshop
Instructions on how to prepare papers for submission for the workshop
Example workshop paper
Workshop registration reply form

Plantations for Greenhouse 2004 - seeking applicants now (April 2003)

'Plantations for Greenhouse' is a great opportunity for Victorian landholders and investors interested in farm forestry. This initiative offers eligible participants the opportunity to invest in farm forestry for economic, environmental, agricultural and greenhouse benefits.The Plantations for Greenhouse Program provides support for the development of new greenhouse / sawlog plantations, funded via the Victorian Government's Greenhouse Strategy and supported as part of the Private Forestry Strategy.

Branching Out
Newsletter on Western Australian farm forestry and revegetation



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