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Indigenous Forestry Guidance – what, why and how

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This document is part of a series of four guidance reports that cover topics related to small-scale farm forestry, private native forestry, and Indigenous managed forest lands. Learn more about the other reports and documents via this link.

Forestry is sustainable harvesting of forest products from managed natural forest Country or from forestry plantations established for use by local communities or for sale. The forestry industry supports employment and business by paying people to manage forest Country, or to make something from the forest product. For example buildings in the community or in homelands, or support ranger programs with toilet blocks, fencing, etc.

Forestry can include management of natural forests for harvest of natural products but also for ecosystem services, which is looking after forest Country to protect cultural values (such as story places, sacred places, camping areas, etc), biodiversity, soil protection, protecting rivers or wetlands, carbon or for providing things like bushtucker or traditional medicine plants from forest Country (these are provisional services), plantation forestry is about growing trees for timber and this can be done in many different ways, to grow trees for timber, for fixing up damaged Country such as mine rehabilitation, and to produce non-timber forestry products.


Pat Groenhout, Jill Roscoe & Tuesday Phelan, Greenwood Strategy Solutions Pty Ltd.

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