EARTHCHAT: Farm Forestry Field Day

Friday 7 May 10am and Saturday 8 May 8am:

Farm Forestry Field Day 16 May

RSVP essential (by 10 May) and for more details:

Rita Seethaler, 0411 168 840,

In the wake of the Victorian State Government decision to cease logging in native forests by 2030, attention has shifted to examining alternatives for the transition from native forest logging to alternative sources of hardwood timber. In parallel, consideration is being given to the transition of employment in the native forest logging industry to other sectors of the economy.

One alternative that is being considered, to meet both objectives, is to increase the extent of Farm Forestry on marginal agricultural land in the region.

Tony Richardson is one of the organisers of a Farm Forestry Field Day in the Murrindindi Shire, from the Home Creek-Spring Creek Landcare Group near Yarck on Sunday 16 May.

Tony joins EarthChat and we discuss some challenges but opportunities in this transition.

Tony Richardson, owner of the Kanumbra property, will give the background as to why he decided to get involved in Farm Forestry, including its use as a superannuation investment, its value in sequestering carbon dioxide and related economic opportunity under the Federal Emissions Reduction Fund and as a source of high-quality hardwood timber.

Tony leads us to a bigger conversation.

Murrindindi Climate Network and Home Creek - Spring Creek Landcare group are running a Farm Forestry Field Day, to be held on an existing farm forestry site in Kanumbra (on Hodsons Lane, past Yarck) on Sunday 16 May from 1pm – 3pm.

This event will give attendees the opportunity to see first-hand what farm forestry entails, and to hear about the reasons for, and the methods employed in, establishing a Farm Forest.