The Resources category covers research projects such as forest policy, growth and yield modelling, wood quality, forest health management, silviculture, water use, soil quality, plant disease, tree genetics, tree breeding and resource evaluation.
Major issues include forest management strategies for climate change and maximising the greenhouse advantages of forest products.
A key goal is to increase industry profitability and ensure efficient use of inputs throughout the industry’s value chain.
Optimal use of genetics in deployment and tree breeding
The Southern Tree Breeding Association (STBA) has developed the SEEDPLAN toolset to manage the vast amounts of complex information generated in tree improvement programs which select for econo... Read More
Predicting wood quality to improve sawlog value in radiata pine
This report presents a new prototype model (e-Cambium) that uses information about site, management regime and daily weather data to predict variation in wood density and stiffness as well as ... Read More
Forest Productivity Optimisation system – A decision support tool
The web-based FPOS decision support tool allows plantation managers to explore the impacts of different management options, climate models and soil types on productivity and profitability of p... Read More
Opportunities for Australian forest growers from the development of a biorefinery and/or biomaterials industry within Australia.
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Development of a selection and Implementation guide for the use of onboard systems for Australian forest operations
Over recent decades forest operations have become increasingly mechanised, more capital intensive and more complex to manage. International experience has shown that using computers on board f... Read More
The extent and causes of decline in productivity from first to second rotation blue gum plantations
Blue gum plantations in south western Australia are showing second rotation productivity decline that is as much as 50 per cent lower than in the first rotation. Using existing experimental da... Read More
The impact of internal checking on the log and timber value of fire salvage ash type sawlogs
Following the Victorian wildfires of 2005/06 and 2009, sawmillers reported abnormally high levels of internal checking in the timber from Victorian Ash fire salvage logs, causing a loss in tim... Read More
Contribution of CAR reserves to mature-forest biodiversity in production forest landscapes
Australia’s National Forest Policy is based on a forest biodiversity conservation strategy that relies on a network of CAR (comprehensive, adequate and representative) reserves and complementa... Read More
Predicting the water-use of Eucalyptus nitens plantations in Tasmania using a Forest Estate Model
In regions where water resources are limited, regulations and policy have been developed to preserve water resources. These regulations may limit plantation development or make it more expensi... Read More
Operational deployment of LiDAR in Australian softwood plantations
LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) can deliver significant practical and economic advantages to those intensively managing pine plantations. The six largest pine plantation management organis... Read More