Lessons from small-scale forestry initiatives in Australia: the effective integration of environmental and commercial values

Herbohn, K.F., Harrison, S.R., and Herbohn, J.L. (2000) Lessons from small-scale forestry initiatives in Australia: the effective integration of environmental and commercial values. Forest Ecology and Management, 128 (3). pp. 227-240.

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Abstract

Due to growing environmental awareness and increasingly difficult economic conditions, much small-scale forestry policy is characterised by the often competing objectives of generating adequate commercial returns on the one hand, and on the other, achieving of environmental benefits (e.g. reforestation of degraded farm land). Within the current paper we outline the small-scale forestry initiatives that have been launched in Australia at the national, state and regional levels to develop a viable forestry sector that successfully balances commercial and environmental considerations. The initiatives include national reforestation schemes, joint ventures, sharefarming schemes, trust arrangements and regional programs supported by federal, state and local governments. From this review, it is evident that all of the initiatives — encompassing schemes with solely conservation objectives to those marketed from a purely commercial perspective — result in some environmental benefits (e.g. restoration of degraded land, provision of wildlife habitats). However, at this stage a particular program has not emerged from the confusing tapestry of often overlapping forestry initiatives in Australia as the most viable approach to the development and maintenance of multi-use forestry, private sector forestry.

Item ID: 12864
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Australian forestry; multi-use forestry; reforestation schemes; small-scale forestry
ISSN: 1872-7042
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2011 04:45
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0705 Forestry Sciences > 070504 Forestry Management and Environment @ 100%
SEO Codes: 82 PLANT PRODUCTION AND PLANT PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8299 Other Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 829999 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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