Master Tree Growers Course
In August -
September 2003, 23 members of NUFG completed the
Australian Master Tree Grower
Program. The course included 8 full day sessions run over 5 weeks and was
coordinated locally by private forestry staff from the Department of Natural
Resources and Environment (now Department of Primary Industries)
course members learned about designing, establishing and managing their
plantations for multiple benefits, including timber production, salinity
control, biodiversity enhancement, shelter and much more.
Visits were made to small and large plantations, sawmills, furniture manufacturers, species trials and saline sites where experts presented relevant information.
Most importantly, members visited each other's sites to learn from their respective experiences and so build a collective body of knowledge for commercial tree growing in the region.
The course was also a lot of fun.
|Shaun Quayle successfully executes the obligatory bogging of the bus||Warwick Williams of Hancock Victoria Plantations talks about pine silviculture||James
Williams having fun at
|John and Zoe Toll measuring trees||BBQ lunch at James Williams place at Kamarooka||The impromptu board meeting|
|MTG bus tour||Ian Rankin's plantation||Pruning Lynda's trees|
|Phil Dyson talks about salinity||Marg Dack pruning||The Graduates|