Thursday 23rd Mar 2017

About AFG

Australian Forest Growers is the national association representing and promoting private forestry and commercial treegrowing interests in Australia.  If you grow trees commercially for wood or non-wood products, or you would like to, Australian Forest Growers can help you.

Australian Forest Growers

  • is a national association with branches in all states (AFG Branches)
  • is the only national organisation representing and promoting the interests of private forestry and farm tree growers
  • has credibility with Governments as the national voice of private forest growers
  • is run by a voluntary Board of growers, supported by a small paid professional staff based in Canberra

AFG Members

  • grow trees for timber and other products and benefits, on small and large holdings, on farms, in plantations and in private native forests
  • include farmers and foresters, plantation investors and investment companies, researchers, consultants, tree and equipment suppliers, industrial forestry companies, urban dwellers with rural land, small block holders, and tree growing enthusiasts
  • Apply for membership  -  browse AFG's Articles of Association

Communication and Information

  • Australian Forest Grower, quarterly journal provides technical, economic and market news and information
  • Special publications, such as: technical papers on a wide range of forestry issues, and Biennial Conference proceedings
  • National Biennial Policy Forum
  • National Biennial three day conference
  • Regional field days and seminars
  • A national farm forestry information service, www.farmforestline.com.au

Representation and Lobbying

AFG actively represents its members and all private forestry interests to the appropriate levels of government.

Current priorities are:

  • Private Forestry Policy
    • Climate change and Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme;
    • Maintenance of a comprehensive policy statement booklet;
    • Codes of forest practice for private growers;
    • Fair and supportive tax treatment of private forestry;
    • Land use planning that protects the rights of private forest growers to plant, regenerate, manage and harvest;
    • Legally separate title for trees and land 'forestry rights';
    • Inventories of private forests. 
       
  • Markets and Marketing
    • Development of domestic industries;
    • Better private grower access to domestic and export markets;
    • Support for treegrower cooperatives and regional coordination;
    • Development of an internationally recognised sustainable forest management certification standard/s
       
  •  Skills and Knowledge
    • Research and development priorities and extension;
    • Better forestry skills among farmers and rural communities;
    • Pest and disease mitigation.

Other AFG Services Include: 

ARTICLES

 What has AFG achieved for private forest growers? 194.01 Kb

 Australian Forest Development Institute and Australian Forest Growers Origins and Purposes 94.29 Kb
by Michael Hall