Rowan Reid is a forester amongst farmers. From a teenage surfer wandering the forests behind his home surf break in southern Victoria. Rowan has become one of the pre-eminent authorities on the science and practice of agroforestry: multipurpose treegrowing on farms. In heartwood, he challenges the accepted paradigm that trees and forests are for either conservation OR profit and proposes a radical third way: where the harvesting of a tree for timber is an act of conservation.
Drawing on hard science and real practical experience gained from thirty years of tree growing on his own farm, Rowan shows how planting, managing and harvesting trees can lock up atmospheric carbon, control soil erosion, improve water quality, increase agriculture production and enhance biodiversity, whiule also offering landholders a financial reward and the satisfaction of growin g their own timber.