The Forest Products Commission (FPC) has moved into its own premises in Stead Road after sharing offices with another government department for the past 16 years.
The new office complex is a great regional base for the FPC South Coast team, who provide farmers with establishment and management farm forestry services as well as conducting research into improving plantation species and monitoring.
It is a busy time of the year for the team, finalising land acquisitions and site preparation in time for winter planting. The main tree species of, eucalypt for sawlogs, sandalwood and pinaster are offered for integrated plantings into existing agricultural practices to assist and improve the long-term sustainability of farmland environments. The FPC expects to plant approximately 2,000 hectares of trees in the South Coast region in the 2008 season under the Strategic Tree Farming project.
The FPC works closely with the South Coast National Resource Management group to achieve environmental objectives of assisting salinity control and reducing rising water levels, while also diversifying farm income.
The FPC also has offices in Katanning and Esperance to service the South Coast region.
The new Albany location at 88-90 Stead Road will accommodate about 20 staff. For all plantation and farm forestry enquiries contact 1800 241 688 or 9845 5630.