Pine tree wilding control in the Central West
Forests NSW has carried out work to reduce the number of pine tree wildings growing near the Lidsdale, Newnes and Sunny Corner State Forests in the Central West.
“Routine operations to remove wildings, or pine trees which have seeded from our plantations into the surrounding bush, are critical to ensure our operations continue to be managed sustainably,” Forests NSW Stewardship Forester at Bathurst Jack Cotterill said.
“Forests NSW continue to be a leading producer of sustainable timber in Australia because we routinely carry out environmental protection work, which is something we value very highly.”
Work was recently carried out to remove a mix of large and small pine wildings in 200 hectares of native bush surrounding Lidsdale State Forest, 10 km west of Lithgow, on the Great Western Highway.
“Trees were removed through herbicide stem treatments from the ground while smaller ones were removed by hand,” Mr Cotterill said.
“This operation comes on the back of an extensive noxious weed control program carried out during the spring and summer months, which saw more than 20,000 hectares of plantation treated for noxious weeds, including black berries, serrated tussock and gorse.
“These treated wildings may take up to 12 months to die. When they die, they lose colour and foliage, which is quite normal.”
Mr Cotterill said Forests NSW plans to revisit the site next year to carry out further control measures.
Forests NSW has also carried out pine wilding control programs this year at Sunny Corner State Forest (on the boundary with Winburndale Nature Reserve) and Newnes State Forest, with the total treatment area for these operations approaching 500 hectares.
“The work in Newnes State Forest took place on the fringe of our plantation and targeted wildings encroaching on Bungleboori Swamp,” Mr Cotterill said.
“Forests NSW continues to develop environmental improvement programs as part of day-to-day operational activities and targeted projects.
“Forests NSW Macquarie Region manages 73,000 hectares of pine plantation locally, supplying more than one million tonnes of timber and adding approximately $800 million to the local economy through timber processing activities.”
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