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The Evolving Nature of Small-Scale Foresty in Australia

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Two forms of small-scale forestry are developing in Australia, each with different impacts on rural communities. One is based on growing short-rotation Eucalyptus globulus (blue gum) for pulp and the other on production of higher-value products from longer-rotation native hardwoods. Several impediments exist to further development of small-scale forestry, including the lack of a small-scale forestry culture, concerns over harvest rights, lack of market development, the long wait for returns, and satisfaction with current land uses. Nevertheless, the rapid increase in farm woodlot establishment in the past five years has paralleled the strong increase in the private industrial plantation estate. As markets develop and hindrances are overcome, landholders not previously interested in small-scale forestry may consider it a worthwhile land use.

Keywords: environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; industry; international forestry; natural resource management; natural resources; nonindustrial private forestland; plantations

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Senior Lecturer in Tropical Forestry Rainforest Cooperative Research Centre School of Natural and Rural Systems Management, University of Queensland Gatton 4343 Australia, Email: 2: Associate Professor of Economics Rainforest Cooperative Research Centre University of Queensland

Publication date: 2004-01-01

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