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Farmer forestry benefits

The demand for Tasmanian forestry products is buoyant, and largely driven by an international market with strong prices for both soft and hardwood. Against this background, Tasmanian farmers are being urged to fully consider the many benefits of plantation timber on their properties. Private Forests Tasmania [PFT] recently hosted a field day where farmers heard there is so much more than just the value of the timber itself. PFT manager of business development, Martin Moroni, told Tasmanian Country that some of the biggest benefits actually come from better productivity in surrounding paddocks: “Often trees are thought to be in the way of farming, rather than supporting it.” He highlighted environmental and aesthetic benefits, such as animal habitats and wind breaks, with his key message being: “It’s worthwhile checking the market at the moment because it is at a high and there might be good returns, much bigger than they were a few years ago.”

23 April 2019

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