Farm forestry ideal

FARM forestry on the Mid North Coast is set for a strong future with $110,000 in Federal Government funding.

"Farm forestry represents an opportunity to achieve positive environmental outcomes while also earning a financial return on an investment," the member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said.

The funding would secure the immediate future of the Mid North Coast Farm Foresters (MNCFF) and give it an opportunity to 'establish self-sustainability'.

"Over the past two years the MNCFF has signed up 100 paid members who are either planting or planning to establish plantation trees on their property," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"Farm forestry is an ideal way for farmers to get a return from their land, particularly in areas where traditional primary industries are no longer viable.

"That means we have a win-win outcome for both the farmers and the environment.

"The new funding will be used to develop landowners' understanding of sustainable farm forestry principles, increasing their knowledge and skills in silviculture, mensuration and monitoring of forests.

"Workshops will also be held to educate farmers on industry best practice and value-adding opportunities available through farm forestry," Mr Hartsuyker said.

MNCFF members can be found in the local government areas of Coffs Harbour City, Bellingen Shire and Nambucca Shire councils.

Up to 75 per cent of Australian farmers and land managers are directly involved in landcare or are benefiting from knowledge acquired through the Landcare movement.

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