We urge anyone who has harvestable trees, to come along and hear about the learning curve we growers have been on, as we get a greater understanding of:–
- Techniques and costs,
- The inherent timber qualities of the three species we are targeting initially, and;
- The requirements of end-users.
We have to present a product that will entice newcomers to these species away from imported timbers. The aim is to reduce 'timber miles' and sustain a local industry that not only plants and grows trees sustainably, but also utilises the timber as much as possible within our extended community.
We are planning to put together a morning tour starting at the location of our solar kiln, then onto a milling demonstration, and finally arriving at Joe’s place at Eureka for a BBQ and walk around the harvested forest.
Later in the day we will present what we have learnt so far from our experience over a number of harvests on this and other sites, with knowledge we have gained from:–
- The academic staff at Southern Cross University,
- Tree harvesting contractors,
- Visiting experts such as Rowan Reid,
- And also, importantly, from each other.
So please come along to ask questions, and share your own harvesting experiences on the day.
The critical outcome of the day will be to make contact with those of you who are ready to proceed with a harvest of your own. We will then arrange site visits and educational interaction with this harvesting group. We will offer one-to-one mentoring to make the process easier and more successful for you.
Spaces are limited so please register your spot. Cost is $15 per person (pay on the day) including a BBQ lunch and tea/coffee. We will supply you with a finalised schedule closer to the date.