Farm Forestry Assist is a one-off grant for farmers and other landowners to plant pine trees on their land.
The Forest Products Commission (FPC) provides successful applicants with high-quality radiata pine seedlings, either free or discounted depending on volume, from their Manjimup nursery.
Established plantings have the capacity to diversify income, complement farm operations, provide landcare benefits and also support Western Australia’s vibrant softwood industry.
Farmers and landowners interested in establishing 20 to 50-hectare pine plantations on their properties are invited to apply.
Successful applicants will receive free or discounted high-quality radiata pine seedlings from the Forest Products Commission nursery.
Criteria addressing the location, scale, soil, access and management of the plantations are in place to ensure that any resulting plantings have the capacity to help support Western Australia’s vibrant softwood industry.
When do applications close?Show more
Applications close at 5 pm on Friday, 29th April 2023. Late applications may be considered for the 2023 program at the discretion of FPC but are discouraged. If not considered for 2023, they may be eligible for the 2024 program.
Is there a minimum plantation area?Show more
Yes, planting should be a minimum 20-hectare in size.
Do the plantations have to be in a specific location?Show more
The plantation must be established within Dardanup cell of the Softwood Industry Hubs as outlined in the FPC’s Softwood Industry Strategy for Western Australia.
To ensure that your plantation will be able to contribute to WA’s softwood industry, grant eligibility criteria may include:
- located within a viable haul distance from processing facilities;
- located in areas which have at least 600 mm annual rainfall in order to support healthy plantation growth;
- have access suitable for heavy vehicles and trucks to facilitate harvesting in the future; and
- soils that are free draining to a minimum of 2.5m and not saline.
Please check other grant eligibility criteria in the Expression of Interest form.
Is there a deadline for plantation establishment?Show more
Yes, the plantations must be established during the winter planting season once seedlings are provided.
Who owns the trees after establishment?Show more
The owner of the property has full possession of the trees and has all rights to the trees.