MTG - Master TreeGrowers
More than just a short course in trees on farms for farmers...
The Master TreeGrower program is an 8-day, field based, course for landholders interested in planting and managing trees and shrubsfor conservation and profit. The course was designed by Rowan Reid in 1996 when he was an academic at The University of Melbourne.
Since then, 100 regional MTG courses have been conducted around Australia involving more than 2000 participants and 30 partnering organisations. We have also provided many refresher courses for past MTG participants, conducted regional workshops with stakeholder groups, contributed to numerous field days and seminars, presented at local, national and international conferences, published popular and peer reviewed books, chapters and research papers, and contributed to a number of television and radio presentations.
Today, the Australian Master TreeGrower Program (MTG) is a comprehensive extension package involving many national, state and regional organisations and hundreds of individuals. Yet, the MTG remains focused on ensuring that the development of forestry and native vegetation management on farms is driven by the aspirations and opportunities of Australian farmers and underpinned by the best available scientific, market and practical knowledge. The program does not promote particular species, products or management options.
The MTG simply encourages farmers to truly aspire to be ‘master tree growers’ in their own right and provides some of the skills, support networks and confidence to launch them on that lifetime journey.
Location of Master TreeGrower Courses (1996-2013)