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The wood and the trees

15 Oct 2020


Outback Magazine - Jill Griffiths

Forestry in Australia has been, and continues to be, a controversial land use. Divisiveness over forests – whether they should be preserved or used – runs deep. That very divisiveness is a source of frustration to some people who are working hard to find a way forward.

Take Rowan Reid for example.  Rowan came from a farming background and studied forest science, working as an academic and researcher for 20 years before returning to the farm.  He has recently written a book “Heartwood – The art and science of growing trees for conservation and profit. In it he writes, “I want to do forestry in a way that’s attractive to farmers…. We need trees in the landscape.”

Read more about Rowan’s story and hopes