Farm Forestry Assist is a grant for private land owners to plant radiata or maritime pine trees on their land in 2019. The grant is available to landowners who are interested in establishing new pine plantations to support the State’s vibrant softwood industry.
Successful grant recipients will receive free, high-quality radiata or pinaster pine seedlings from the Forest Products Commission’s (FPC) nursery in Manjimup.
Before completing an EOI, landowners should check with FPC Farm Forestry Advisor the suitability of their property in relation to the location, scale, soil, access and management of the plantations are in place to ensure that your future plantation will be able to contribute to Western Australia’s softwood industry. (see page 2)
For more information, please contact the Forest Products Commission on 9725 5288.
The aim is to expand the plantation estate, with farm forestry contributing a meaningful supply of timber to industry.
Farm Forestry Assist is a one-off grant for farmers and other land owners for new plantings of radiata pine (Pinus radiata) and maritime pine (Pinus pinaster) for timber production.
The grant recipient can receive free radiata pine seedlings to establish the area. The exact amount of seedlings per hectare will be determined by the Farm Forestry Officer after inspecting the site.
Yes there are many suitable properties that have previously been used for previous plantation production as long as they meet the eligibility criteria
Applications close on Friday 29 March 2019. This will allow you time to complete your preparation prior to planting this winter.
No. You will have ownership of and responsibility for the trees.
The Forest Products Commission Farm Forestry Officer will work with grant applicants and recipients and will be available to provide advice and support the establishment of viable and productive plantations on farms.
Grant recipients will enter into a grant agreement with the Forest Products Commission to ensure that the area is established. The seedlings will be made available at the FPC Manjimup nursery at a time to be negotiated between grower and FPC.
Normally, the trees should be thinned at 10 years with the thinnings being suitable for sale as chips for pulp. The plantation should then be thinned again at approximately 20 years for pulp and small sawlogs. The remaining plantation should then be clearfelled at approximately 30 years for sawlogs suitable for structural timber.
This is your choice, however the Forest Products Commission is providing this grant to support the planting of radiata pine and pinaster pine for timber production to support our vibrant softwood industry of the future. The Forest Products Commission’s Farm Forestry Officer can help explain your options.
This is not a Managed Investment Scheme or Sharefarm arrangement because the trees will belong to the landholder.
Proposed plantations must be:
- between 20ha (min) - 50ha(max)in size
- within the >600mm annual rainfall zone
- within the softwood industry zone for commercial harvesting
- soils need to be well drained and min 2.5m in depth (not saline)
- must meet the FPC guidelines for softwood establishment.
- Must meet the local government planning obligations in relation to fire protection and firebreak establishment and maintenance.