Going Bush for World Wood Day and science

Going Bush for World Wood Day and science

Thursday, 27th Aug 2015

Going Bush highlights Planet Ark’s involvement with World Wood Day and FWPA’s support for world-leading climate change science

The long-running Channel 7 program, Going Bush, highlights interesting news and views about the Australian forest and wood products industry – viewers recently saw two segments featuring World Wood Day held in March in Sydney and a world-leading climate change experiment by the University of Western Sydney.

Now in it’s third year, World Wood Day is an international celebration of the role of wood in civilisation and culture. Organised globally by the International Wood Cultural Society, this year Australia participated through Planet Ark’s Make It Wood Campaign and FWPA’s Wood. Naturally Better.™ The centrepiece of the event was the building of a nanoHouse – a low waste, sustainable wooden structure designed by architect Daiman Otto. The site was the forecourt of Customs House, behind Sydney’s Circular Quay, a related breakfast seminar for architects, engineers and building designers was held nearby.

The Going Bush segment highlighted the role of wood as a sustainable building material that has a significant part to play in tackling climate change. Members of the Sydney Youth Orchestra played wooden instruments to entertain the lunchtime crowd and help deliver the message.

The climate change theme continued in the second segment, that goes to air on Sunday August 30, filmed at the University of Western Sydney’s eucFACE research facility at Cumberland Woodlands, 60km north west of Sydney. Here, an international team is using a series of 40m high cylindrical rings to inject carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and measure the affect of the raised CO2 levels on the growth and composition of the native eucalypts the tall tubular rings enclose. Now in its third year of operation, the experiment is expected to take some ten years to produce significant results. Unlike similar projects in other parts of the world, this is the only one to use established native forest, as opposed to man-made plantations.

“Going Bush is an excellent way to communicate the importance of the forest and wood products industry to average Australians, said Eileen Newbury, FWPA’s Marketing and Communications Manager, “from World Wood Day to climate change experiments, there’s so much of value to Australia and the Australian wood and timber products industry that’s happening behind the scenes.”

View the World Wood Day segment online

View the eucFACE segment online

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Did you know?

About 6% of Australia’s 147 million hectares of native forests are public forests potentially available for timber harvesting. Timber is harvested from about 1% of those public native forests each year.