Master TreeGrower Prep Course

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Master TreeGrower Prep Course

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GROWERS OF NATIVE PLANTED FARM FORESTS AND TIMBER EXPERTS ARE GETTING TOGETHER TO SHARE THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE.

Join Rowan Reid, author of "Heartwood", for a 2-day Master TreeGrower Prep Course. 

PARTICIPATING EXPERTS

Rowan Reid (MTG), Dr Graeme Palmer, Dr Kevin Glencross, Alison Dillon (SCU), Martin Novak (SFFA), Dr Joe Harvey Jones (SFFA), Carol Neal (STG) and Tony Kenway (TKF)

TIME

Saturday 10 March: Start at 9:00 am and finish at 4:00 pm
Sunday 11 March: Start at 9.30 am finish at 4:30 pm

LOCATION

Start venue is at Southern Cross University (SCU) A Block Room A206

COST

Cost for non-QTT registered members will be $100
QTT members are FREE

For more background information please visit Agro Forestry

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PROGRAM

1. Introduction to Quality Timber Traders

  • Project activities including SCU research

2. Log, Tree and Forest Measurement

  • DBH, Volume, Basal Area, etc.
  • Field exercise using MTG tape to measure logs and trees

3. Harvesting Techniques and Equipment

  • Options for felling and extracting timber
  • Effect of site, scale, log size, access, transport etc. on costs

4. Milling Techniques and Equipment

  • Appropriate milling patterns to provide marketable timber
  • Band saw versus swing blade
  • Practical demonstrations

5. Air Drying and Solar Kiln Drying

6. Markets for Local Farm Grown Timber

  • Review local wood markets and prices
  • Discussion about wood quality issues, including timber and log specifications

7. Review Next Steps

  • Discussion to review the practical and research questions, sources of information and the next steps