Rowan Reid, Bach. Forest Science (Hons), Masters Forest Science
In 1985, at the age of just 24, Rowan co-authored the book Agroforestry in Australia and New Zealand. He has since been a leader in the development of agroforestry education and extension programs in Australia having developed the first undergraduate course in agroforestry in Australia and the very successful Australian Master TreeGrower Program. More than 1750 landholders and their supporters across Australia have completed the 8-day MTG course many of whom are now leaders in the development of multipurpose tree growing within their region and nationally. Rowan was awarded the 2000 Eureka Prize in Environmental Education for his work on the program. In 2007, Rowan extended the MTG program to include training for Peer Group Mentors, a concept first introduced by the Otway Agroforestry Network of which he is a founding member.
After more than 20 years as an academic at the University of Melbourne, Rowan is now working privately on his own farm and as a consultant. He is particularly interested in sharing ideas about how to involve private landholders in multipurpose forest management and the silvicultural management of forests on farms for high quality timber.
Rowan (centre) and Andrew Stewart discuss the Master TreeGrower Program with the Hon. Tony Burke, Minister for Agriculture during a tour of Andrew's farm. Rowan running a farm tour at Bambra.
Rowan also practices agroforestry on his own farm. Bambra Agroforestry Farm provides the opportunity for landowners to see a wide range of tree species grown for timber, fodder, food and seed production as well as the opportunity for practical outdoor education. More than 5000 visitors have been shown around the farm since 1987 including school groups, farmer groups, overseas tour groups, tertiary classes and professionals.
His research includes work on eucalypt plantation silviculture, buffer strips management, extension methods and landscape change. He has been the principal researcher on competitive R&D grants totalling more than $1M dollars and has published in peer reviewed journals and research reports.
Rowan has travelled to many countries in the course of his work on agroforestry including New Zealand, Thailand, Vietnam, India, USA, Kenya and Fiji. He has presented at a number of international coferences and workshops and hosted many international groups in Australia.
Working in (from left) Vietnam, India, Kenya and the USA
Agroforestry Insight Consultancy Service
If you have a quick question I'm happy to provide a response free of charge (see Ask Rowan). If you are seeking something more please contact me.
The type of work I do includes:
To discuss your needs please contact me through the link below or call me on 0409609939 (within Australia).
OTHER AGROFORESTRY CONSULTANTS
I have learnt a great deal from a number of people who are also available to assist landholders, industry groups and angencies.
OTHER AGROFORESTRY CONSULTANTS
Richard Moore (above) is a good friend and colleague from Western Australia who has recently retired from Government. He was amongst the first Australian researchers to explore the pruning and spacing of eucalypts for sawlogs and has worked with me running Master TreeGrower courses for many years. Richard has provided information about his experience and a CV: DOWNLOAD INFORMATION ON RICHARD MOORE or RICHARD'S CV
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