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Communities in Transition 

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General 

Agroforestry - Trees at Work on the Farm, 2018, Forest and Wood Products Limited

Educational resource designed to introduce some of the management decisions and advantages of incorporating agroforestry into a farming enterprise

Introduction to Agroforestry Systems (Webinar), Forestry Webinars 

Webinar about 5 recognized agroforestry practices: Windbreaks, Alleycropping, Silvopasture, Forest Farming and Riparian Forest Buffers.

How 

 

The Australian Agroforestry Foundation (AFF)

The AAF is a not-for-profit organisation committed to providing education and extension support to help farmers, and those that work with them, develop and sustain 'forests' within the Australian agricultural landscape that reflect their interests and aspirations.

 

The Master TreeGrower program is an 8-day, field based, course for landholders interested in planting and managing trees and shrubsfor conservation and profit. 100 regional MTG courses have been conducted around Australia involving more than 2000 participants and 30 partnering organisations. 

Otway Agroforestry Network Ltd (OAN)

 

OAN is a landcare group that encourages farmers to establish and manage trees for the reasons that matter to them. Landholders in our region want trees on their farms to shelter farm stock and crops; control soil erosion and dryland salinity; enhance their property values; and, if at all possible, generate alternative sources of income.

PGM identifies and trains experienced tree growers from within the local community, then pays them to work alongside their neighbours. The mentors are not seen as experts. Their role is to provide a sounding board for the farmer as they explore ideas and implement their projects. 

Agroforestry Net, Inc.

Agroforestry Net, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational resources about agroforestry, trees, and sustainable stewardship of land and water. 

Agroforestry in Australia 

Practical Information managing trees for shelter, conservation & profit. 

Agro-forestry Development Species Demonstration Sites, 2018, Craig R. Neumann, Ian Filmer, Trevor J. Hobbs, Farm Forestry Landcare Network

The demonstration sites were developed to evaluate the potential of native plants species to produce biomass for wood fibre, bioenergy, eucalyptus oil, fodder and carbon sequestration industries.The following report provides describes the trees chosen for inclusion in the demonstration site plantings. It gives a summary of practical learnings surrounding growing the trees and establishing demonstration plantings. Finally, it provides details and assessments of each of the demonstration sites established across the South Australian Murray Mallee and Upper South East. 

Development of Project Planning and Evaluation Skills: A Framework for Regional Farm Forestry, 2000, URS

This document presents and explains the Evaluation Framework that has been developed to enable regional farm forestry groups to evaluate their program of activities across the multiple dimensions of their work, covering social, economic and environmental objectives in line with ESD principles.

Case studies

Focus on carbon farming makes economic sense Jigsaw Farms, Victoria, Young Carbon Farmers

Jigsaw Farms is combining a profitable, high-input livestock and agroforestry operation with a calculated plan for greenhouse gas emissions reduction and sequestration. Increased growth and reproduction rates are key drivers for success, as higher fecundity levels in sheep and cattle reduce methane intensity impacts significantly.

Case Studies from two Farm Forestry projects in sub-tropical Australia, Caring for Country

Nine case studies from the ForestLinks and Re-forest.net programs. ForestLinks was to establish 250 ha of best practice farm forest cover by planting endemic tree species or undertaking on- ground weed management works that would help link up key habitat, wildlife corridors and connect fragmented forests. Re-forest.net supported landholders in south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales to establish and manage successful native hardwood plantations on their farms.

 

The Oil Mallee Association (OMA), Western Australia

 

The Oil Mallee Project was initiated by CALM in 1994 with support from the National Landcare and Farm Forestry Programs. A more formal growers representative body was necessary and the Oil Mallee Association (OMA) was formed in 1995 and has a grower base of over 900 farmers. A IWP plant at Narrogin  producesd electricity, charcoal, activated carbon, and eucalyptus oil, from mallee feedstock grown on farms in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia.

 

Forestry Options for the Wheatbelt, 2013, Caring for Country 

Eco-economics 

Agroforestry: realising the triple bottom line benefits of trees in the landscape, 2018, CSIRO

This report looks at the direct economic benefits of agroforestry in the global and Australian context (Commercial Wood Production, Commercial agroforestry, Carbon farming, Biomass & Oil production) and the complementary benefits (Trees as shelter,  Farm amenity). It weighs up the environmental benefits of agroforestry (Water management, Soil and nutrient management, Biodiversity and habitat protection & Pollination services). It captures the value of agroforestry through natural capital: internalising the externalities. 

Farm Forestry and Landcare Financial Assessment, 2018, Daniel Mackey and John Gregg

This report investigates the proposed program of a large agroforestry project in Western Australia, Forests for Life Farm Forestry and Landcare Program. The report considers the project viability concerning environmental, financial and social costs and benefits. There is evidence the program will deliver substantial environmental, social and financial benefits to the individual landowners for participating in the program, investors, local communities in the program regions and the general public. 

The Economic Potential for Plantation Expansion in Australia Report to the Australian Forest Products Association2015, Anna L. Matysek and Brian S. Fisher, BA Economics

BAEconomics has prepared a report examining the economic potential for new plantation development in Australia.A few key factors could influence the economic viability of new plantation development. Carbon is one of these factors. Opportunities could exist for new plantation investment, particularly for smaller scale farm forestry plantings where land costs may be less limiting.

Policy

Queensland timber plantation strategy 2020 Supporting the sustainable growth of the timber plantation sector, 2010, The State of Queensland, Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation

The Queensland timber plantation strategy 2020 is the first of its kind for Queensland. It articulates the Queensland Government’s policy objective of encouraging new private investment in the timber plantation sector in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. The timber plantation sector includes large industrial-scale timber plantations and smaller scale (farm forestry) timber plantations that are integrated into existing farming enterprises.

 
The Farm Forestry National Action Statement (NAS), 2005, Australian Government
NAS outlines the objectives and actions agreed by the Australian, State and Territory governments and the forest and wood products industry to develop farm forestry
Farm Forestry Strategy for NSW, 2003, NSW Agriculture
The vision for the strategy is: ‘In NSW, farm forestry is regarded as a mainstream farm enterprise delivering commercial and environmental benefits’. Strategy elements have been developed that provide a pathway to realising that vision. The overview section in this document provides the background analysis to support the proposed strategy elements. These strategy elements describe a number of actions and outcomes aimed at delivering an environment conducive to the expansion of farm forestry in NSW.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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