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Clark Generations: the Future is beneficial Forestry

A eucalyptus forest, where Clark Generations operates, with lush greenery and trees.Clark Generations worksite, a eucalyptus tree forest in the victorian high country.
We're on a Mission

To Protect our Native Forests

Clark Generations' mission is to be at the forefront of Australia’s efforts in fighting climate change through beneficial forestry management. Our seed conservation program has successfully planted millions of trees and restored many fire-affected zones across Australia. With over 20 years of experience, we are passionate about preserving our forests for future generations.
Our Vision is Clear

To Restore our Native Forests

Our beneficial forestry management strategy will preserve and restore Australia’s precious native forests for future generations. The beneficial forestry initiative combines several biodiversity conservation projects that will reduce bushfire risk, protect forest ecosystems and wildlife habitat, generate renewable energy sources, create economic opportunities and contribute to mitigating global warming.
The australian forest red with fire with kangaroos caught in the catastrophe.

How Using Forest Resources

Can help reduce fire risk

and combat climate change

Victoria's native forests are one of our most significant natural resources. Unfortunately, they are under threat from a lack of proper forest management and out-of-control fuel load, or biomass, in the understory. The understory is the layer of vegetation between the forest canopy and forest floor and consists of small trees, shrubs and invasive species like blackberries and thistles.

Without suitable forest management, the understory can starve native saplings of sunlight and is highly flammable propellent, increasing our risk of catastrophic bushfires - but there is a practical solution! Beneficial forestry management is a long-term solution that can save forests and generate an economic return from harvesting understory.
By extracting the understory from high-fire-risk areas, Clark Generations' beneficial forestry management strategy will convert this otherwise deadly biomass into sustainable products like firewood and renewable energy.

Clearing dense forest understory reduces the risks and costs of maintenance burning and creates natural firebreaks and migration channels while prompting native species to return.

Following the natural patterns of forest growth, our beneficial forestry management process will be repeated every 10 to 15 years, creating jobs while magnifying the forest's health and ability to sequester carbon, thus reducing the rate of global warming and helping to fight climate change.

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Clark Generation's kiln-dried firewood harvested from forest resources produces cleaner, more efficient heat for your home and is also better for the environment.

In addition, it gives you peace of mind by protecting against chimney fires. With its ready-to-use, fast ignition, and longer burn, kiln-dried firewood is the sustainable choice to keep warm over winter while saving money on your heating bills.
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Seed Collection

We saw the danger of an inadequate forest management plan during the deadly Black Saturday bushfires, where fire destroyed homes and businesses, vast Mountain Ash forests and caused significant loss of wildlife. Even with a sustainable forest management strategy in place, the recovery period of these Alpine forest trees is at least 60 years, assuming they don't get burnt again.

To protect new growth and give the forests the best chance at regeneration, we will implement Clark Generations' beneficial forestry management strategy to remove fuel sources such as biomass from the forest understory and collect native seeds for future regeneration requirements.

In the aftermath of forest fires, a vital part of our forest management plan is to regenerate fire-affected areas by distributing seeds and removing damaged trees. We act quickly as seeding is time sensitive, with the window closing after 12 months due to eucalyptus trees' inability to withstand shady conditions created by fast-growing understory.
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Seed collector harvesting eucalyptus seeds from fallen branches to regenerate bushfires.An example of the eucalyptus seed capsules that Clark Generations collect for bushfire recovery.
View from the ground of the tops of the native trees in Victoria's forests.Aerial view of the crowns of native gum trees in Victoria's forests, thriving with beneficial forestry management.
A pile of kiln dried firewood, which is much easier to burn.Logging coupe debris, left to be burned off and release toxic emissions into the atmosphere.

Kiln-dried Firewood

Research on forest management strategies showed that there is a lack of value in biomass as a product, making it cost-prohibitive to transport. Therefore, Clark Generations will invest in sustainable biomass harvesting and an Industrial Firewood Processor to produce kiln-dry firewood for residential and commercial sale. This process will be carefully managed to avoid forest degradation or damage.

Kiln-drying reduces moisture content by more than 80%, making the logs burn hotter and cleaner, helping households significantly reduce their heating bills. In addition, the kiln-drying process is carbon-neutral as it uses biomass to power the kiln. The economic benefits of this process will fund our gasification technology research.

The current practice of 'burning off' releases dangerous toxins into the atmosphere. By removing this debris using our industrial Firewood Processor, the forestry waste is instead used in the firewood market.
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kiln dried firewood, chopped and stacked.Stack of chopped and kiln dried firewood.

Gasification technology

Using fuel load, or Biomass, harvested through beneficial forestry management, we can produce an alternative clean energy source and other products through gasification technology. Depending on the size of the Gasifier, this process can create hydrogen-rich gas, heat and electricity to run a family home, commercial or industrial property while exporting surplus into the grid 24 hours a day, making it a carbon-negative renewable energy source that is not reliant on the sun or wind to generate energy.

The Gasifier's byproduct is carbon-enriched Biochar, which has significant agricultural benefits and soaks up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to help balance the natural greenhouse effect and reduce global warming. Biochar is also a valuable international asset to trade as raw carbon and carbon credits, as it sequesters carbon for thousands of years.
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Aerial view of australia's state forest, where carbon can be captured.Holding a handful of biochar, which is rich carbon dense material created from biomass.
The understorey of an australian forest, which can be sustainably harvested through beneficial forestry management to reduce fire risk.The diversity shown in the australian bush and state forest, with lush green trees and understory.

Got Questions about beneficial forestry management?

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What are the risks

Of Not Adopting Beneficial Forestry Management

More Extreme fire events

Victoria has weathered some of the worst bushfires in Australia's history, yet our natural forests continue to suffer immeasurable impacts. If measures aren't taken, and local communities don't support sustainable forest management, these extreme fires will likely occur more regularly, causing an environmental disaster for our forests.

Loss of native forest

Our forests can be managed sustainably; however, the clock is ticking on our window to reseed forest lands successfully. We are on the cusp of a once-in-a-decade flowering event that may never happen again due to environmental change! We must collect native seeds before this unique opportunity passes, and valuable genetic diversity is taken away from future generations and forest dependent communities.

Global Warming

Forest health is essential in the fight against climate change because of its ability to absorb carbon dioxide. This process, called carbon sequestration, is a powerful tool for reducing atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases and mitigating the climate crisis. Forests also provide other vital services such as water protection, soil conservation, and biodiversity preservation

More Pine Forests

Sustainable management of timber harvesting is vital to ensure the forest's regeneration capacity. However, unlike native timber areas, pine plantations are wastelands of acidic soil which are virtually uninhabitable for native animals. Therefore, the proposed transition from native timber to pine trees offers fewer economic benefits and will devastate the land and the livelihoods of forest communities and forestry workers.
A eucalyptus forest, where Clark Generations operates, with lush greenery and trees.Clark Generations worksite, a eucalyptus tree forest in the victorian high country.

Brendon Clark

Brendon Clark, owner and operator of Clark Generations.
I am passionate about environmental issues, forest management and protecting the biodiversity of our forests. In 1998, I completed a Certificate in Arboriculture from Melbourne University to become a qualified Arborist and started work in the Native Seed Collection Program. To this day, we've successfully restored millions of trees through the program and ensured positive change in our fight for forest conservation.

After that, I established my own Arboriculture business around Gippsland to research forest management practices and the principles of sustainable development. I began developing a beneficial forestry and Biomass strategy that generated economic and environmental benefits for our forest land. In 2019, I sold my Arboriculture business to focus on the Biomass strategy and was awarded a grant to do a feasibility study on my Gasification biomass project.

Since the devastating 2009 fires, my seed collection crew has been working continuously in the harsh forests of Victoria's high country. As a result, we've seen the devastation of unmanaged understory on the environment first-hand, which has only increased my commitment to beneficial forestry practices. I firmly believe that the timber industry will have a vital role to play in combating climate change and rescuing our native forests from extinction.

Speaking events

Brendon is an enthusiastic public speaker for tackling environmental issues, offering practical solutions and insights to tackle climate change. Brendon speaks with authority about forest management, beneficial, forestry, biodiversity conservation and effective biomass utilisation, gasification technology and the uses of biochar.

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PO Box 461 Healesville VIC 3777