Forests NSW plants four million pine seedlings South-West Slopes
Forests NSW has begun planting four million pine seedlings in the Hume Region around Tumut, Tumbarumba and Batlow, Forests NSW regional manager Bob Germantse, said today.
These seedlings are part of a large planting operation that will see Forests NSW plant approximately nine million seedlings across 7500 hectares around the State, predominantly in areas that have previously been planted to pine.
"The re-establishment process is vital to the sustainability of the region’s Hume forestry industry, which employs approximately 1700 people in full-time or equivalent jobs across the forest management, harvesting, haulage and timber processing sectors," Mr Germantse said.
Forests NSW manages about 235,000 hectares of State-owned planted forest across NSW, of which, 92,000 hectares lies within the Hume Region.
Mr Germantse said the planting of 3700 hectares of pine in the Hume Region was the culmination of 12 months’ hard work preparing land and growing seedlings.
"Planting conditions at present are ideal following recent good rain in the forests," he said.
"The planting program runs through to the end of August, utilising the seedlings when they are at their least active and can best tolerate the transplanting stresses."
"Due to the scale of the operation, the entire planting program is contracted out to specialized, small businesses, to ensure planting can be completed in a tight timeframe.
"Forests NSW crews are actively involved in a comprehensive quality control program that supports the work of contract planting crews that employ more than 120 people."
Mr Germantse said most of the seedlings being planted are genetically improved containerised stock, which have been grown in Forests NSW nursery at Tumut.
"The benefit of containerised stock is that if conditions are not quite right, the seedlings are more robust, compared to bare root seedlings that have been traditionally used to establish pine plantations, and even held over to the following year’s planting season if necessary," he said.
Mr Germantse said the Hume Region supplies more than 1.5 million tonnes of timber to NSW processors each year.
"The timber processed in the region is used for structural timber and manufactured boards used for house construction, plywood, and pulp and paper manufacturing," he said.
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