For Our Future – Regional Forestry Collaborative Leadership Program

For Our Future – Regional Forestry Collaborative Leadership Program

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Industry Advisory Groups - FWPA encouraging participation

Industry Advisory Groups - FWPA encouraging participation

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Facilitating Technology Transfer

Facilitating Technology Transfer

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Investing in Research and Development

Investing in Research and Development

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Building Capacity and Education

Building Capacity and Education

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Promoting our Industry and Products

Promoting our Industry and Products

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Industry Image Library

Industry Image Library

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FWPA Review of Performance

FWPA Review of Performance

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We would welcome your involvement in an FWPA interest group.

We would welcome your involvement in an FWPA interest group.

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Myrtle Rust – Forest Industry Issues Paper

This report outlines and reviews the potential implications and exposure of the recent discovery in Australia of the exotic plant-disease Myrtle rust (Puccinia psidii). It also aims to provide options to mitigate the impact of Myrtle rust in both the short and longer term. This type of rust has a large range of hosts across the Myrtaceae family, including Australia’s commercial Eucalyptus and Corymbia hardwood plantations.

Initial testing suggests that this strain can germinate under cooler minimum temperatures than strains previously studied overseas; therefore it could spread into much of Australia’s temperate plantation regions. It affects trees from seedling stage through to 2–4 years of age, once trees are 3–4 metres high and in mature foliage the impact of the rust is greatly diminished.

A severe rust infection could cause loss of stocking, uneven growth and loss of productivity over a full rotation length, with an estimated annual loss of $105 million.

There is likely to be an impact on native forests, which may reduce both the effectiveness of regeneration and also species diversity. This could add to the costs of regeneration after harvesting and/ or lengthen rotations.

The report includes a list of operational, research and biosecurity options.

Reference Number:
PRC218-1011

Findings Report:
PRC218-1011_Myrtle_Rust_June_2011_0.pdf

Events Calendar

From stakeholder engagement to industry promotion, events are a vital and valuable communication channel. If you have an industry-related event that you would like listed here, please contact us.

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Our 5 Company Programs

Promoting the Advantages of Wood Products

Promoting the Advantages of Wood Products

Promoting the benefits and use of forest and wood products, in line with community attitudes, environmental awareness and market trends.

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Aligning Products to Market Needs

Aligning Products to Market Needs

Ensuring that the industry’s products and services are fit-for-purpose, appropriately aligned to market needs and their availability better communicated to key influencers.

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Assisting Value Chain Optimisation

Assisting Value Chain Optimisation

Increasing the value and volume recovery from existing resources to ensure that all wood fibre is utilised to its highest and best purpose.

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Increasing Resource Availability and Reducing Risk

Increasing Resource Availability and Reducing Risk

Increasing the availability of wood fibre to support an expanding market and associated manufacturing capacity.

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Impacting Decision Making and Industry Capability

Impacting Decision Making and Industry Capability

Ensuring that the industry has the skills and systems necessary to support improved decision making by all players across the value chain.

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FWPA Newsletters

FWPA publishes the industry newsletters, R&DWorks and ForWood. In addition, we have the WoodSolutions newsletter addressing design and build specifiers – architects, building designers, engineers and others involved in specifying the choice of building materials, as well as the Wood.Naturally Better. ™ Partner Update. ForestLearning is FWPA’s quarterly newsletter that provides information on Australian forests and forest-based products to teachers and educators, school children and the public.

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