Theme 1: Sustainable forest production and certification
Theme 1 researches the establishment, growth and management of forests planted for restoration and production, in particular Australia’s hardwood estate. Research is focused at both the tree and genetic level. Studies in the production forest landscape focus on the management of plantation hardwoods and their transition from a predominantly pulpwood resource to an estate able to deliver a range of certifiable products including structural and engineered wood products. Restoration projects recognise the need for forest certification in forest management. These projects integrate forestry into a wider landscape context by considering ecosystem services, forest certification, business diversification and the role that tree planting can have in agricultural landscapes.