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News release | 29 April, 2011


A new online tool for managing spotted gum forests is now available for private landholders to calculate their land’s carbon, timber and grazing productivity.

The online resource works as a calculator, using specific data related to spotted gum native forest sites in Queensland and northern New South Wales.

The spotted gum productivity tool and a comprehensive user guide are available as a free download from the forestry section, under Plant industry tools at http://agbiz.business.qld.gov.au.

Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) research scientist Tom Lewis said the tool estimated timber productivity, grazing productivity and carbon levels to help landowners determine the economic and environmental benefit of their land.

“For timber production it provides an estimate of the annual growth rate and the potential dollar value of that timber,” Dr Lewis said.

“It can also calculate an estimate of the expected annual grass production, the livestock carrying capacity and the expected dollar value for livestock grazing.

“The carbon component provides a figure on how much carbon is currently stored in the trees at the site and how much potentially will be stored over a 30-year period.”

Dr Lewis said the tool would also be important in determining the potential economic and environmental benefits of combined timber and grazing production.

“For many landholders with spotted gum forest on their land, grazing production is their primary source of income,” Dr Lewis said.

“This decision-making tool allows the user to assess the potential combined benefits of maintaining forest and grazing land on their property.

“It also shows the advantage of managing the forest to increase the proportion of the forest that is of merchantable value, such as thinning areas of the forest to concentrate growth in the most productive trees.

“The tool will be most useful when applied at different stages of tree growth to see the full benefits of forest management.”

The tool was developed as part of a three year project co-funded by DEEDI, Forest and Wood Products Australia and other collaborators.

For more information about the spotted gum management tool, contact the Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23 or visit www.deedi.qld.gov.au

May 19th, 2011
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