In 1994 a national vision for plantation forestry development in Australia was in discussion. The objective to treble the area of plantations across Australia by the year 2020. The motive was to increase regional wealth.
A strategy was formed in 1995 – The 2020 Vision, which outlined the process and became the benchmark for regional growth. Partnerships evolved between governments, industry and the community and funding was made available.
For some years the plantations were focussed on export commodities – Bluegums (E. globulus) for woodchips and pine (p. radiata) for sawlogs.
In the year 2000 the industry broadened to include other species and outcomes. It became apparent that environmental benefits were emerging, which removed the focus from ‘regional wealth’ to ‘environmental sustainability’. The concept of Farm Forestry began which gave rise to diverse opportunities, all with a commercial outcome but different management strategies. To name a few:
Carbon sequestration investment, reduction of water levels to combat salinity, biodiversity enhancement, shade and shelter for stock.
One such industry project which encompasses all those environmental benefits with a commercial outcome is the planting of mallees on farmland in Western Australia. Eucalyptus kocchii, sub species E. borealis of the northern wheatbelt is one such success. Planted in belts across the landscape, farmers crop between to diversify income whilst improving the farm environment.
The oil produced by these mallees is the best eucalyptus oil in our collection – we name Horistes. With 94-96% cineole and a light lemon back note, the oil is a very pleasant decongestant. It also works wonders as a cleaning agent and as a deodoriser. In purchasing this oil you have made a contribution to the community, environmental sustainability and regional development. For further detail visit our website.