Tree Farming

About twenty years ago a new industry popped up in southern Australia. Rather than farming livestock many farmers nearing retirement sold, or leased, their land to companies which planted trees.

Blue Gum

Varieties planted are quick-growing and are harvested between ten and twelve years after planting.

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Blue Gums

These are twelve-year-old Eucalyptus globulus, commonly known as ‘Blue Gums.’ There were
80,000 trees planted in this 80 hectare plantation.

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BlueGum

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Harvest, shipping and shipping is scheduled for the end of 2013.  It is a shame really as although there is very little road traffic around here, three or four hundred metres along this track and you are in a different world.  Any road noise is eliminated by the trees and all one can hear is the rustle of the leaves.

Native wildlife, mainly kangaroos, birds and reptiles, have found their way into this man-made forest and will soon be homeless.

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3 thoughts on “Tree Farming

  1. What seemed like a good idea 12 years ago isn’t such a good idea now – what will the poor animals do? We have to ever be conscious that what we has humans do affects everything else on this planet and we CAN’T just go willy nilly.

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    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my post. As for the animals…they will find another home of that I’m sure. It has only been their home since the trees grew tall enough to afford them shelter. That particular block was a First World War soldiers settlers farm and was farmed, grazing livestock, long before then. There is a nearby farm/reserve which uses kangaroos as a tourist attraction.

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