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John Lord - Planting more plantations is stuck between a rock and hard place

John Lord standing amongst his Shining Gum CERES Fair Wood

by Kate Sutton

A year ago

"It is widely acknowledged that the only land available for more large scale plantings to help Australia provide its own timber resource is that held by the private sector, principally by the nation’s farmers.

Will the nation’s farmers in suitable climates be interested in providing parts of their farms to be planted to trees?

They should, for lots of environmental, farm economic, family succession and risk amelioration reasons.  But will they do this at the present time?

My belief is no"


Isn’t there right now an opportunity to address the looming log shortage and at the same time transition to a more sustainable log supply?  Didn’t someone say that where’s there’s chaos there’s opportunity?"

Read the full article on Timber Biz here.


John and Di Lord are tree farmers at Longford in Tasmania / lutruwita and were named National Treefarmer of the Year in 2005 and Tasmania Treefarmer of the Year in 2006.

We have been trialing some of their timber over the last 12 months to much success. We have Shining Gum lining and a number of joinery timbers in stock.