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This subject covers the principles and practices of integrating trees into the rural agricultural landscape for both conservation and profit. The farming community require trees and shrubs for shade and shelter, soil conservation, salinity control and aesthetics. Farmers can also produce commercial tree products such as timber, fuel, fodder, essential oils and food. Because farmers manage the majority of the Australian landscape governments, community groups and industry are increasingly working in partnership with them to grow trees for environmental services including carbon sequestration, biodiversity and downstream water quality.
Intended learning outcomes
By the end of the subject students should:
- Have a working knowledge of farm planning and agroforestry diagnosis and design as tools for developing farm re-vegetation plans;
- Have an understanding of the role of trees in providing for landowner, community and industry needs and aspirations;
- Be able to develop technical design criteria for effective re-vegetation for resource conservation, agricultural production and commercial purposes;
- Be able to measure and monitor the growth, productivity and environmental impact of forests on farms;
- Be familiar with extension and development approaches for promotion of re-vegetation and forest management on farms;
- Have an understanding of multipurpose tree research methodologies and economic evaluation; and,
- Recognise the potential for trees on farms, both in Australia and overseas, to contribute to international development goals such as poverty elimination, human health, environmental protection and mitigating climate change.
Last updated: 18 December 2020