Agroforestry: multi-purpose tree growing
Agroforestry is the establishment and management of multi-purpose trees
on farms and rural properties.
OAN (Otway Agroforestry Network Ltd) is a landcare group that
encourages farmers to establish and manage trees for the reasons that
matter to them. Landholders in our region want trees on their farms to
shelter farm stock and crops; control soil erosion and dryland salinity;
enhance their property values; and, if at all possible, generate alternative
sources of income.
Fortunately, what is good for private landholders is also generally good for
their communities and our country: trees on farms can help improve the
water quality in our streams; enhance and connect wildlife habitats;
capture and store carbon dioxide; reduce the need to harvest our public
native forests; and, provide regional business and employment
OAN sees the strategic placement and management of trees and forests
on farms as an important part of the infrastructure that underpins the
economic, environmental and social values of our agricultural landscapes.
The role of the group is to help our members design and implement
projects that will achieve the range of benefits they are looking for.
After almost 20 years it is clearly evident that our approach leads to
landscape change - change that is driven by, and reflects, the diverse
needs and aspirations of those living within our rural communities.
If you think growing trees and shrubs might enhance your farm then OAN
is the group for you!
Cypress decline in western Victoria is a big issue. Hundreds of shelter belts/windbreaks across the region are dying or dead, leaving large tracts of land and livestock vulnerable to the weather.
In response to this OAN has teamed up with DEPI to run a series of Cypress Decline workshops to look at why and how it occurs; can anything be done; and where to from here?