Tasmanian farmers sow agroforestry seeds as demand for timber rises

By Emilie Gramenz
ABC News, Australia
November 5, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Graham Freeman

Tasmanian farmers have jumped on the ever-growing demand for timber, establishing private plantations on their properties. Graham Freeman was taking a punt when he planted a broken hillside on his property at Milabena, in north-west Tasmania, with sequoia redwoods — a tree that grows to towering heights in northern California. “I wasn’t driven by potential monetary gains put it that way, it was just having an interest in those things,” Mr Freeman said. … Mr Freeman is one of a handful of farmers in Tasmania who have established small plantations on their properties. In a state that lived through the so-called “forestry wars” for decades, stirring up interest in tree farming is not always easy.

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