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Summary For seventy years, people have been talking and writing about a “national forest policy” for Australia, and anyone reading the mass of material on the subject might be pardoned for being confused about it. In this paper, the author sketches the historical background, comments on current...
Summary Policies have considerable inertia and are therefore slow to change. Australian forest policy has been criticised for its overemphasis on wood production in general and on exotic conifers in particular. The eucalypt forest certainly has the biological capacity to sustain much greater...
Summary Within the Otways Forest District of Victoria hardwood production forestry is practised over a land area of about 97 000 ha From this area 50 000 m3 of sawlogs are removed annually. Currently there is no pulpwood utilised. The hardwood production zones of the district are managed under a...
Summary Improvements already achieved in some characteristics of radiata pine as a result of seed orchards are described and are shown to represent only the first stage of progress in continuing breeding programs which will become more complex with time. Attention is being given to widening the...
Summary Over a wide range of conditions fine fuel re-accumulation after fire in eucalypt forests is well described by equations of the form Xt = Xss (l-e−kt) where Xt is the weight (t ha−1) of litter accumulated at time t(yr), Xss is the weight of accumulated litter under steady-state...
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