Restoration forestry

Australia’s forests on private land have been referred to in the past as the ‘wood of neglect’ (Dargavel, 1998).

The historical patterns of timber harvesting on private land have been largely opportunistic and sporadic, resulting in the gradual degradation of the forest condition over many generations. Known as ‘high grading’, logging operations have repeatedly removed the best trees, leaving the forest cluttered with poor quality and damaged trees and a lack of regeneration.

In light of this, a large part of AST’s operations will be focused on the restoration of forests which have been degraded through a history of inappropriate logging, burning and grazing regimes.

This will be done through appropriate, site-specific silviculture, increasing the financial returns to forest growers to encourage investment into forest rehabilitation and education and training to increase their awareness of the value of their forests and encourage them to restore their forests to a healthy, productive and diverse state to pass on for future generations.

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