Growing high value timber products
29 Jan 2021
With a global shortage of timber and demand expected to quadruple by 2050, growing high value timber products has never been more important. Australia has identified that we will need a billion new trees in the ground by 2030 and most of the land available for planting is farmland. Demand in Australia is being driven largely by the building sector. So how do farmers capitalise on this opportunity? What species should farmers plant? And how do farmers manage their trees so they are suitable for processing onto the high value products the industry demands?
Michael Lee, Senior Technical Officer, Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood (CSAW), University of Tasmania
Michael Lee has been in the timber industry for over 35 years, with a strong history in both academia and the technical side of timber production. He operates the Quality Assurance Program for Tasmanian Timber and answers the National Expert Timber Helpline. At CSAW his role is to maximise the use of timber in the built environment, working closely with suppliers to get the best products and processes for industry. Michael is heavily involved in timber research through industry and the National Institute of Forest Products Innovation with a particular focus on thinned and pruned plantation grown hardwood.
Stephen Clarke, Senior Private Forester, Private Forests Tasmania
Stephen Clarke is a professional Forester (BScFor (Stell) MBA MIFA RPF) with extensive experience. Zimbabwean born, Stephen studied forestry at the University of Stellenbosch, before working in New Zealand and now Tasmania. During his career, Stephen has gained considerable experience and expertise in integrated management systems and certification, tactical and operational planning, logistics, industrial engineering, nursery, establishment, maintenance, harvesting, transport, fire protection, natural ecosystem maintenance and enhancement, general estate management and security. Stephen will explain how to apply this knowledge in an agricultural setting to grow trees for high value timber products.