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Department of State Growth

Tree planting initiatives help farmers

Two new tree planting initiatives run through Private Forests Tasmania will deliver a win-win for the environment, society and landowners, with a strong focus on a sustainable and environmentally friendly way for landowners to expand their businesses.

The first initiative will help plant 212 hectares of shelterbelts on seven Tasmanian farms over the next year and provide a vital wind speed barrier to protect crops.

The Program which launched on 16 October 2020 aids farmers and primary producers to integrate trees into existing farming enterprises including prime lamb, wool, grass seed, cereal grains, forestry, aquaculture, dairy, beef cropping, seed growing and potential future horticultural crops.

The second program called Tree Alliance, will help meet an increasing demand for timber while assisting farms and landowners by encouraging them to plant more trees. Trees deliver many benefits including increased farm productivity, while also growing high value timber products, delivery biofuel, improving water quality and efficiency whilst storing carbon.

Tasmanian timber is world-class, and with the demand for high quality, sustainable timber expected to quadruple by 2050, the Tree Alliance will help meet these needs, while benefiting farmers and landowners.