Thursday 29th Jun 2017

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Tree Farmers of the Year

Jamie and Josie Jackson (2010)

Property: Tallawong, Willalooka SA

Achievements: Jamie and Josie Jackson have turned their 763ha property, devoid of trees and suffering land degradation issues as a result, into an environmentally sustainable farming business. As part of a manageable long term revegetation and rehabilitation of the property, they have established on average 2ha of trees every year for over 20 years and now have a property of interconnecting shelterbelts, rehabilitated wetlands, high pruned timber blocks, broombrush plantations, tagasaste and fenced off native vegetation integrated into their grazing enterprise. Tallawong maintains a flock of 1600 sheep comprised of Merino ewes and Border Leicester rams producing 1st cross lambs for market, in addition to a small herd of cattle.


John and Jane McLaughlin (2008)

Property: 'Mounefontein' Kingaroy, Queensland

Achievements: John and Jane McLaughlin have turned their 5,156 hectare ‘grazing’ property into a sustainable and profitable ‘tree farming and grazing enterprise’.  John and Jane observe and learn about their property, then research, implement plans and carry out significant onground works to make it happen.  John and Jane have become ‘tree farmers’ as well as graziers, the property has substantial natural stands of Spotted gum, Ironbarks, Queensland blue gum/Forest red gum - some of the best hardwood timber species in Australia.  The property produces various grades of sawlogs, poles, girders, fencing timbers.  Mounefontein has yielded approximately 700 m3 of products in recent harvests.

 John & Diana Lord (2006)

Property: 'Springmount', 'The Springs' and 'Mount Seymour' Kelton, Tasmania

Achievements: Totalling 1,213ha, the Lord's have purchased properties, which are being managed for native forest, existing plantations and new plantations. Their forest estate has so far produced products including sawlogs, wood fibre, pulp production, materials for their house, furniture, materials for maintaining property buildings and a significant collection of specialty timber, which is stored and drying. The estate is managed in line with sustainable forest practice principles, and they hope it will provide a significant financial resource for their family and ongoing property management, which it has already gone a long way to achieving.


Chris & Peter Feast (2004)

Property: 'Mimosa' Mount Gambier, South Australia

Achievements: Tree planting started on the property in 1975, which initially had no natural vegetation, to provide windbreaks for stock shelter, amenity and biodiversity. Since 1994, tree planting has continued with more of a forestry emphasis, which has resulted in planting 75ha (35%) of their 217ha property to commercially managed trees along with their dairy, wool, plant nursery and direct seeding enterprise. Species include cypress, radiata pine and a variety of eucalypts that are all actively managed to produce high value sawlogs. Some of their trees are also managed for Christmas trees, firewood and woodchips.


Don & Jann Jowett (2002)

Properties: 'Danegate' & 'Helmsden' Hamilton, Victoria

Achievements: 30% of both properties are planted to trees for a variety of commercial purposes with 10% permanently fenced for native vegetation. The properties' productivity has been vastly improved since trees have been incorporated into the planning of the property. The investment in the property has led to the preservation of the remnant trees and a 320% increase in sheep numbers, with an average annual planting of 1-2ha since 1989. 13 different commercial species have been planted, which include species such as Blue Gum and Radiata through to Sheoaks and Cypresses.