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Domestic firewood supply from near urban land


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Davies, Robert John 1982 , 'Domestic firewood supply from near urban land', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This study is an incremental, but important, component of a
wider energy question facing Tasmania.
In 1981 Tasmania had an unresolved energy problem in the context
of future electricity supplies. Faced with rising prices for home
heating Tasmanian homeowners were finding their own solution to escalating
heating bills. They were turning to firewood to satisfy their
domestic heating needs.
This study provides information about the trends in firewood
use in the domestic sector, and shows that the upward growth in demand
for wood results from its price advantage over other heating fuels.
Unlike the oil and electricity supply industries, the firewood industry
is not well documented. By collecting information from a wide range
of sources this study provides basic data about this industry. It
examines the availability of firewood from near urban land within a
50 km radius of Hobart. It shows the importance of the private forest
resource to wood supplies and that this resource is shrinking. It
shows, for the first time, the involvement of farmers in the firewood
business, and the opportunities for these land holders to make more
money from their residue timber. The study also indicates that a
growing number of people are turning to Crown Forest to collect firewood,
and that they can obtain licences from the Forestry Commission for this
A cautionary note is also raised in the text in relation to the
long-term availability of firewood. This is because of the pressures
on the resource from the Woodchip Industry, and the potential use of
fuelwood by Industry as an energy source.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Davies, Robert John
Keywords: Fuelwood, Forest management
Copyright Holders: The Author
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Copyright 1982 the Author - The University is continuing to endeavour to trace the copyright
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Thesis (M.Env.St.)--University of Tasmania, 1982. Includes bibliographical references

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