Field Trip #1 – Forest Growers and Agro-forestry (Full Day)
Explore private forestry and trees on farms in Northern Tasmania. Examine and discuss opportunities and challenges with the landowners and how trees are integrated into and benefit agricultural enterprises.
Field Trip #2 – Use of technology and innovation in forest and land management (Half day)
View first-hand some of the key innovations and technological advances being utilised in forest management in Tasmania. Explore how technology is being used in the forest to improve land management practices, particularly the management of fire, biodiversity and the environment. See how innovation is improving safety and economic performance in harvesting practices.
Field Trip #3 – Balancing multiple forest values (Full day)
Examine some of the challenges of forest management in Tasmania both within production forests and land managed for reservation. Forests are valuable assets for all and balancing multiple use is integral to effective management. See how social, Indigenous and other cultural values are managed, how stakeholder views are incorporated into management activities and how communications are undertaken. Explore sites where the delicate balance of managing forests for recreation and production is being achieved. Understand how the emerging areas of identifying, managing and monitising ecosystem services and carbon are being progressed.
Field Trip #4 – Harvesting, re-establishment/replanting (Full day)
Visit a range of native forest and plantation harvesting and reforestation operations in Northern Tasmania. Discuss opportunities and challenges in harvesting operations and how Tasmanian forestry companies are maintaining a future focus in a changing climate. Examine how stakeholder expectations, forest stewardship and certification are considered and implemented.
Field Trip #5 – Processing and manufacturing (Full day)
View a range of wood processing and research facilities in Northern Tasmania. Discuss opportunities and challenges with wood processors for both native forest and plantation products. Look at how university researchers and timber growers and processors are working collaboratively to improve knowledge and utilisation of timber and wood products..