Plantation timber production is the cultivation and long-term management of trees on marginal agricultural land. Plantations are generally even-aged, planted and managed in rows, consist of a single species (sometimes two or three) and cover a large enough area to provide a suitable return on investment. Many different timber and non-timber products can be grown in a plantation. The type of product that you decide to grow and the characteristics of your site will determine the species, management and rotation of your plantation. As such, it is important to research timber markets and to have an in-depth understanding of your property and climate before you establish your plantation.
Benefits of Plantation Forestry
- The stabilisation of soil erosion processes
- Shade and shelter for livestock
- Timber production
- Increased capital value of lands
- Soil protection and production
- Aesthetic improvements – the appearance of trees in the landscape, landscaping, screening
- Water table and salinity reduction
- A long-term, low management-input land use
- Conservation outcomes such as native biodiversity and wildlife corridors
- Long-term economic and environmental security
Single-tree Site Preparation
The advantages of excavator-based single-tree site preparation processes are:
- No continuous sub soil and soil disturbance, eliminating erosion risk.
- Minimizes exposure of erodible sub soils and retains natural soil profiles whilst achieving appropriate cultivation requirements.
- Manoeuvrability around surface rock, existing vegetation, regeneration and active erosion zones.
- Minimal surface disturbance on cross-land traverses.
- Utilization across all revegetation styles including site preparations under and around retained vegetation.
- Excavator can be utilized for the sensitive construction of fire management infrastructure, access infrastructure, erosion mitigation and pre-site prep weed management in a one pass operation.
- The single-site sub surface winged ripper technique produces site preparation best suited to dry, low nutrient, poorly structured, highly erodible soil profiles, giving young plants the best chance of survival and development under difficult conditions.