Reports

A Comparative Economic Study Of Wood Growing In Australia And Selected Countries

A Comparative Economic Study Of Wood Growing In Australia And Selected Countries

Greater investment in plantations. Is proposed by various bodies as the future wood resource policy for Australia; either to reduce the need to harvest native forests, provide sufficient resources for large international scale processing mills, or provide alternative income to agriculture on cleared land. This increased investment in plantations by public and/or private growers, is likely to be proportional profitability. The economic competitiveness of Australian wood growing to other countries is also important.

Research And Development Trends In Structural Applications Of Timber For Expansion Of The Non-residential Market For Forest Products In Australia

Research And Development Trends In Structural Applications Of Timber For Expansion Of The Non-residential Market For Forest Products In Australia

It is anticipated that the information presented in this report will form the basis of future research projects and the development of design procedures and design aids for Architects and Engineers, both at undergraduate and graduate levels.

Access, Activity And Adventure: The Recipe For Successful Demonstration Forests

Access, Activity And Adventure: The Recipe For Successful Demonstration Forests

Through genetic improvement Pinus radita D. Don, a sometimes windswept tree growing in small areas of the Monterey Bay and Cambria areas of California (USA) has become a highly significant plantation species in southern Australia (New Zealand and Chile). Other members of the pinus genus have followed into areas not suited to P.radiata. During the period of P. radiata plantation development in Australia, management of most natural eucalypt stands continued on a much less intensive scale. In sereval overseas countries parallel scenarios were in place with members of the eucalypt genus. However, with naural good form and vigour their initial planting stock was genetically ahead.

Training Programs For Bushfire Crews And Retardant Technology For Fire Suppression Operations

Training Programs For Bushfire Crews And Retardant Technology For Fire Suppression Operations

The Australian Bush Fire Fighting environment is recognized as one of the most hazardous tasks in the world. Historically, much of the burden for fire fighting bush fires in Australia has rested with the numerous volunteers found throughout the country. It is only over the past 100 years or so that professional crews from the carious Forestry services, National Parks and Wildlife Services, and other Government land management Authorities have become involved in fire suppression in this country. The volunteer Brigades still contribute the largest body of fire fighters in Australia, however it would be fair to say, the least trained.

Research And Development Trends In Structural Applications Of Timber For Expansion Of The Non-residential Market For Forest Products In Australia

Research And Development Trends In Structural Applications Of Timber For Expansion Of The Non-residential Market For Forest Products In Australia

It is anticipated that the information presented in this report will form the basis of future research projects and the development of design procedures and design aids for Arethitects and Engineers, both at undergraduate and graduate levels.

Obtaining More Favourable Attitudes To The Use Of Forests For Timber Production

Obtaining More Favourable Attitudes To The Use Of Forests For Timber Production

The Fellowship consisted of a visit of eight weeks to British Columbia, the West Coast of the United States, Arizona and North Carolina. Object of the visit was to examine methods being used to inform, educate and influence people towards the view that use of forests for timber production is both important and environmentally acceptable. I was particularly interested to see how Demonstration Forests were being used for this purpose.

Upgrading Hardwoods – A Report On The Industry On The East Coast Of The United States

Upgrading Hardwoods – A Report On The Industry On The East Coast Of The United States

Community perceptions and government legislation have led to a resources that is decreasing in volume, accessibility, size and quality. This, combined with increasing costs and pressure from competing products mean that to remain viable the industry will be compelled to make some drastic changes.

The Use Of Timber And Reconstituted Wood In The Australian Furniture Industry

A recent year, a growing interest in the, Australian Furniture industry has been recognized. There are a number of areas where opportunities exit which , its developed, could be beneficial to the industry.

Terrain-vehicle Systems

Relative to military vehicle capable of carrying similar loads, the trafficability of forwarders is poor. Only when the widest recommended tires and wide tracks are fitted to the more commonly used forwarders in Australia does their trafficability on flat ground approach that of a standard military truck. On steep ground their trafficability is significantly worse. Improvements can be brought about possibly through a reduction in chassis weight and the fitting of larger tires, providing the axle strengths are increased. With tires fitted, the load distribution applied to flat ground appears to be optimum but on steep ground significant improvements can be obtained by better design of the bogie wheel system. Other potential improvement involve reducing the shear stresses imposed on the soil by eliminated differential rates of slip between wheels and locating the position of the pivot axis gravity of the loaded machine as possible, while still ensuring the wheels track one another during a turn.

Evaluation Of Wood Quality In New Zealand Radiata Pine

The fellowship provided an opportunity for the author to assess the methodology and role of radiata pine wood quality research in New Zealand (NZ). The study Tour involved discussions with researches – regarding the techniques used in the past projects, and with representative of industry – concerning the extend to which the research results have benefited those processing the resource.