WA’s Farm Forestry Assist program for 2022 now open for applications

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Western Australia’s Forestry Minister Dave Kelly has launched the Farm Forestry Assist program for 2022, which will assist farmers and other landowners who want to plant pine trees on their property.

The Farm Forestry Assist program, which was established in 2018, provides successful applicants with free high-quality radiata pine seedlings from the Forest Products Commission’s West Manjimup Nursery to establish 20 to 50 hectare pine plantations on their properties.

As part of the program, The Forest Products Commission will provide technical assistance to farmers to help them create healthy and productive plantations, while the West Manjimup Nursery and Seed Centre will provide seedlings from the best genetic stock, boosting production and drought resistance.

Minister Kelly said criteria addressing the plantation’s location, scale, soil, access, and management are in place to ensure that any plantings that arise have the potential to serve Western Australia’s thriving softwood timber sector.

“Pine is a critical resource for Western Australia’s building and construction industries,” the Minister said.

“The McGowan Government’s $350 million expansion of WA’s pine plantations will ensure we have a strong and sustainable forestry industry into the future.

“The Farm Forestry Assist program is another way the McGowan Government is increasing Western Australia’s softwood resource by establishing pine plantations on the properties of successful recipients.

“Farm forestry has other benefits such as carbon sequestration, water quality improvement, salinity mitigation, biodiversity improvement and achieving other landscape and aesthetic values.”

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on March 25, 2022. Visit the Forest Products Commission’s Farm Forestry Assist page for further information.

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