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 potentially available for planting is farmland. Demand in Australia is being driven largely by the building sector. So how do farmers capitalise on this opportunity? How can farmers integrate trees into their farming enterprise? What species should farmers plant? And how do farmers manage their trees, so they are suitable for processing into the high vale products the industry demands? All these questions will be answered in our webinar.
Michael Lee, Operations Manager, Cross Laminated Timber Panel (CLTP)
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. Michael is currently the operations manager at CLTP Tasmania. Michael is helping CLTP Tasmania deliver its new approach to manufacturing juvenile plantation E.nitens into a high value structural mass timber, which can be utilised by the construction industry. Previously, Michael was a Senior Technical Officer with CSAW where his role saw him maximise the use of timber in the built environment, working closely with suppliers to get the best products and processes for industry.
Stephen Clarke, Operations Manager, Private Forests Tasmania (PFT)
Stephen Clarke is a professional Forester (BScFor (stell) MBA MIFA RFP) with extensive experience. Zimbabwean born, Stephen studied forestry at the University of Stellenbosch, before working in New Zealand and now Tasmania. Currently, Stephen is the Operations Manager at Private Forests Tasmania. Stephen will talk all things silviculture, as he discusses species choice, thinning and pruning. Along with how farmers can incorporate commercial trees within the agricultural landscape.