Farm Forestry Assist is a one-off grant for farmers and other land owners to plant radiata or maritime pine trees on their land in 2018. This grant of $500 per hectare is available to landowners who are interested in establishing new 20 to 50 hectare plantations to support the State’s vibrant softwood industry.
Grant recipients may opt for free, high-quality radiata pine seedlings from the Forest Products Commission’s (FPC) nursery instead of the $500 per hectare.
Before applying, landowners must check the suitability of their property against the assessment criteria which address 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.
This grant is for $500 per hectare.
The grant recipient can choose whether to receive $500 to spend on the establishment of the plantation or to 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.
Second rotation plantings will be eligible for half the grant amount being $250 per hectare or free seedlings for half the area established.
Applications close on Friday 27 April 2018. 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.
Money will be provided to grant recipients after the seedlings have been established. If seedlings are chosen in lieu of payment, the seedlings will be provided at a time agreed by the grant recipient and the Farm Forestry Officer.
Normally, the trees should be thinned at 10 yrs with the thinnings being suitable for sale as chips for pulp. The plantation should then be thinned again at approximately 20 yrs 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.