Forestneeds

July 4, 2006

The Profitable Durable Strong Eucalypt Timber HOWTO Proposal

Filed under: Eucalypts,Forestry Research,Hardwoods,Timber Growing — shem kerr @ 8:57 pm

Some people with whom I’m aquainted, are vainly trying to get funding for a research project. That they may get the funds doesn’t leave the project without vanity. What was agreed to, can easily be perverted; and growers left with just a husk, or a viral project that fills an ecological niche so that no useful project can grow there. I wont give any details of the various funding applications made in that case; however, it could be useful for an historical perspective to put down my version of how the project might’ve proceeded if growers’ needs were put before the security of researchers’ jobs.

Example pitch for funding:

[This example is pitched from within the Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust form]

Short title of the project The Profitable Durable Strong Eucalypt Timber HOWTO

1. The objective of the project and how it aligns with [the Funding Agency]’s strategic objectives:

The project selects a few ‘most likely economic’ candidate species, and examines:
*plant physiology factors connected to wood properties, tree architecture, health & vigour;
*site factors that influence these;
*wood chemistry and physical properties [including resistance to deterioration (using
accelerated testing methods)];
*relative & actual efficiencies & costs of sawn versus knife sliced solid timber;
*growth of trees ‘optimised’ through application of this information;

Then by examining all this and publishing the results, the project aims to let growers and the industry do a subsequently useful subset of this research with additional eucalypt species, which will enable grower to produce to durability and strength specifications profitably; get greater efficiency in production and processing; improve the speed of innovation and application for producers and market; as well as improving understanding of business – science linkages.

The commercial potential and benefits to the Group, sector or the Universe are:
2.

to profitably produce naturally durable timber of high specification in an expanding
market encouraged by codes of practice world wide banning chemical treatment; to replace
the major part of the $ms of imported hardwoods; to decrease overseas spending on treatment chemicals by offering an economic alternative; to create certainty of specification,and offer a more easily processed product; and create the kernel for a significant export market; and to do so sustainably on land that otherwise would be used less economically.

Potential Intellectual Property to be developed as a result of the project

[ Just because the funder wants to know if this is the case, dont go making things up.

Given the fast rate of change -yup, even, well especially in an underdeveloped area such as forestry – the likelihood is that your intellectual property will be born intellectually disabled.

For example: one outfit I know of set up a certification scheme to get money from growers for certifying when and how the stand had been pruned. This was a dog from day one: millers I’ve heard talk about the subject aren’t interested, they just read the tree – and they read a whole lot more information than the certification scheme provides.]

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Example pitch for funding within the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries’ Sustainablr Farming Fund form:

What is the problem/ opportunity the project wii address?

Problems:

i) There is a lot of rumour about, and distrust of eucalypts, from growers and processors. This is because eucalypts are such a diverse group with different wood properties; growth rates; and site requirements for different species. The lack of sufficient convincing data is impeding the growth of the industry.

ii) Silvicultural, harvesting, and processing practices can play a large part in the economics of growing and processing – here there is also a need to have data useful in producing profits.

Opportunities :

iii) Regulations and codes of practice prohibiting CCA treated wood are becoming more common worldwide. Durable strong eucalypts are probably the most likely wood product replacement for CCA treated wood for poles, posts, bridge timbers, walkways,decking, garden furniture etc, because

iv) in some/many circumstances eucalypts are among (if not) the fastest growing trees with trese qualities.

v) Locally grown eucalypts can replace not only imported hardwoods, but also

vi) lower the need for imported chemical treatment products;

vii) thus keeping more cash in the local economy; while at the same time building up an export industry

viii) on land that where alternative land uses may be less economic or even environmentally damaging;

ix) while creating a smaller footprint than harvesting natural forests.
Describe the work you propose to do in the project , clearly list what you are going to do.

The project selects a few ‘most likely economic’ candidate species growing in a variety of soils and climates and examines:
*plant physiology factors connected to wood properties, tree architecture, health & vigour;
*site factors that influence these;
*wood chemistry and physical properties [including resistance to deterioration (using
accelerated testing methods)];
*relative & actual efficiencies & costs of sawn versus knife sliced solid timber;
*growth of trees ‘optimised’ through application of this information;

The advantages the solutions:
By doing the listed tasks and publishing the results, the project aims to let growers and the industry do a subsequently useful subset of this research with additional eucalypt species, which will enable grower to produce to durability and strength specifications profitably;

Previously completed work relevant to the project:

Pn1004 in-ground

On second growth and plantation grown eucalypt wood properties in other countries

Blackbutt leafminer research

Other work in progress relevant to the project;
Removing a significant constraint limiting the diversification of the forest estate

Symbiotic Systems , Chris Perley and Ian Hall

http://www.maf.govt.nz/sff/about-projects/search/05-142/index.htm

How will it help to solve the problem or take advantage of the opportunity?

By doing these tasks and publishing the results, the project aims to let growers and the industry do a subsequently useful subset of this research with additional eucalypt species, which will enable grower to produce to durability and strength specifications profitably;

What are your sharing outputs(who is the information going to and how eg field day, pamphlet, articles, website): Interim data and information goes out as is on this web site; as will results when available. Notice of availability to discuss the project at field days will be made available to appropriate community newspapers, journals, radio and television stations; as will articles and interview time.

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1 Comment »

  1. What’s Going down i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve found It absolutely useful and it has helped me out loads.
    I hope to contribute & aid different users like its helped me.

    Good job.

    Comment by ขี้หมู — February 9, 2014 @ 11:47 pm | Reply


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