Funding for forestry research
Research into African mahogany plantations has been awarded national research funding.
The four-year research project is looking to maximise value from African mahogany plantations and is the first Territory project to attract forest wood products research and development funding through the Federal Government Voluntary Matching program.
The project is being led by Dr John McGrath of McGrath Forestry Services and Plantation companies African Mahogany Australia and Northern Tropical Timbers are providing industry funding and accessing the voluntary matching through the Federal Government scheme.
Plantation forestry is an important contributor to the Territory economy and the Northern Territory (NT) Government, along with the Queensland Government, is providing research support to the project through its agricultural research division.
The project will examine best practice in silviculture. This includes looking at different fertilising, pruning and thinning techniques as well as researching the optimum practices to grow the NT’s African mahogany for the market specifications, whilst ensuring the profitability of Territory forestry growers.
African mahogany has been grown commercially in the NT since 2006 to produce wood products for high value markets.
The industry estimates that African mahogany plantations in the NT will have a projected value of $150 million by 2019.
Read more about forestry in the NT.