Local forester heads to Iceland to talk Christmas trees

Tumut-based forester Lawrence Ranson is travelling to Iceland this month to share his research on growing Christmas trees at an international conference on growing conifers, a stone’s throw from Santa’s home in the North Pole.

Lawrence studied in Germany where he did an honours thesis on propagating, growing and transporting Christmas trees to market.

He currently lives and works in Tumut, where he applies his forestry knowledge to growing radiata pine plantation forests for Forestry Corporation of NSW.

“While there are a lot of differences between growing Christmas trees and growing sawlog in Tumut, there are also a lot of similarities, in that it takes a long time to produce a crop and it is critical to get the product to market in good condition and in the minimum amount of time,” Mr Ranson said.

Forestry Corporation’s Snowy Region Silviculture Manager Roger Davies said forestry was an international profession and having staff with international expertise and perspectives delivered great benefits to the local industry.

“Forestry is an international profession with lots of interesting markets and opportunities for people and we’re lucky to have people with internationally respected knowledge and experience helping to grow and improve our plantation forests right here in Tumut,” Mr Davies said.

“This conference is an exciting opportunity for Lawrence to further his experience and as well as sharing his knowledge, he will bring back some lessons that can help further improve Forestry Corporation’s local operations.”

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