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Managing woodlands for income maximisation in western Queensland, Australia: clearing for grazing versus timber production

Venn, T. J., McGavin, R. L. and Rogers, H. M. (2003) Managing woodlands for income maximisation in western Queensland, Australia: clearing for grazing versus timber production. Forest Ecology and Management, 185 (3). pp. 291-306. ISSN 0378-1127

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Article Link(s): https://doi.org/10.1016/S0378-1127(03)00225-1

Publisher URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378112703002251

Abstract

Queensland, Australia, has a proud pastoral history; however, the private and social benefits of continued woodland clearing for pasture development are unlikely to be as pronounced as they had been in the past. The environmental benefits of tree retention in arid regions of the State are now better appreciated and market opportunities have arisen for the unique timbers of western Queensland. A financial model is developed to facilitate a comparison of the private profitability of small-scale timber production from remnant Acacia woodlands against clearing for pasture development in the Mulga Lands and Desert Uplands bioregions of western Queensland. Four small-scale timber production scenarios, which differ in target markets and the extent of processing (value-adding), are explored within the model. Each scenario is examined for the cases where property rights to the timber are vested with the timber processor, and where royalties are payable. For both cases of resource ownership, at least one scenario generates positive returns from timber production, and exceeds the net farm income per hectare for an average grazing property in the study regions over the period 1989–1990 to 2000–2001. The net present value per hectare of selectively harvesting and processing high-value clearwood from remnant western Queensland woodlands is found to be greater than clearing for grazing.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Horticulture and Forestry Science
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Keywords:Farm forestry woodlands Land clearing Cattle grazing Financial analysis
Subjects:Forestry > Research. Experimentation
Forestry > Forestry management
Forestry > Conservation and protection
Forestry > Exploitation and utilization
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