Farm forestry is the growing and use of trees on farms for commercial purposes. Forests grown on farms in combination with crops or used for grazing, is referred to as ‘agroforestry’.

Farm forestry can supply timber to the forest industry from private land. Approximately 70% of Australia’s forests (mostly unproductive woodlands) are under private management, including 26% under private freehold title or managed by indigenous communities, with the remaining 44% under leasehold (BRS, 2008).

Farm forests can provide multiple benefits to farmers making them an attractive long term proposition. Trees can provide shade and shelter for stock, wind-breaks for crops, prevent erosion of soil, help lower the water table to remediate saline soils, can improve water quality, and create habitats for native animals and plants (AFG, 2010). Trees on farms are also attractive and can improve the aesthetic appeal of a property.

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Boosting plantation growth using organic wastes

Using biosolids to boost plant growth.  Find out how with this fact sheet.

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Farm Forestry

Information on what is farm forestry.

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Forest Photos

Different photos of forestry and the industry.

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Forestry Matters!

Forestry matters! is a free, comprehensive education resource that provides teachers with relevant,  up-to-date information about South Australia’s forests.

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Local trees for biodiversity in South East South Australia

This is a fact sheet about how local tree species benefit biodiversity

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Planting trees for biodiversity

Information on the importance of tree for biodiversity.

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Radiata pine - the remarkable pine

Find out why the Radiata pine is also called the remarkable pine.

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Sandalwood Guide for Farmers

Find out more about how sandalwood tress produce fragrant oils.

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The myths associated with pines

Addressing the myths associated with Pines.

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Tree planting for salinity affected areas

This factsheet discusses the benefits of planting trees in salt effected areas.

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Tree planting to control salinity

This factsheet discusses the impact and solutions to controlling salinity.

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Trees for carbon sequestration

This factsheet discusses what is carbon sequestration, how to estimate carbon sequestration, carbon accounting and more.

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Water fact sheet

Much of Australia’s high-quality fresh water is captured, stored and released by forested
catchments. Find out how forest managers therefore play a critical role in the supply of clean water to communities and the environment.

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Water mangement in native forests and plantations

This factsheet discusses Forest Hydrology.

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How planted forests help the environment

from bidiversity, clean air, timber and salinity control, this poster resource explains how planted forests help the environment

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The pine plantation rotation

What happens in a pine plantation rotation from 0 years- 35years.  Find out through this poster resource.

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Forestry Matters!

Forestry matters! is a free, comprehensive education resource that provides teachers with relevant,  up-to-date information about South Australia’s forests.

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From fields to forests

Discover the environmental benefits of planted forests.

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Planet Ark - Schools Tree day

Each year in July, around 2500 schools across Australia take part in Schools Tree Day. Students nation-wide have learnt how to plant, and care for the seedlings they grow. Become involved.

Save our soil

An introduction to dryland salinity.

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Wild Forest Adventure Activity Book

Wild Forest Adventure is an activity based companion booklet especially designed for use with the Forests NSW website.

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Wild Forest Adventure online game

The Wild Forest Adventure section has been especially designed for students, to provide interesting and relevant information about the forest environment, in a stimulating and fun way.

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Forestry Matters! website

Forestry matters! is a free, comprehensive education resource that provides teachers with relevant,  up-to-date information about South Australia’s forests.

Planet Ark - Schools Tree day

Each year in July, around 2500 schools across Australia take part in Schools Tree Day. Students nation-wide have learnt how to plant, and care for the seedlings they grow. Become involved.

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Going Bush - Private Forests in Queensland

Nick and Andy head to Queensland, to see how farmers are growing & managing trees on their land to add more revenue streams to their business.

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Wild Forest Adventure online game

The Wild Forest Adventure section has been especially designed for students, to provide interesting and relevant information about the forest environment, in a stimulating and fun way.

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Getting started in farm forestry

The case study for diversifying to farm forestry.

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Plantations...

Industry report on the role that plantations have in salinity management.

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