Changed public access in Cairncross State Forest

Public access to some small areas of Cairncross State Forest, north of Port Macquarie, will be restricted during harvesting and haulage operations over the next three months.

Forestry Corporation of NSW's Regional Manager Kathy Jones said some roads and trails in the forest, including mountain bike trails managed under a Forest Permit by Hastings Valley Mountain Bike Riders Inc, had been closed for safety reasons.  Forestry Corporation have been working closely with the club in the lead up to the closure.

"We encourage locals to get out and enjoy the region's State forests, but please keep in mind that these are working forests and some roads, trails and forest areas are closed from time to time for the community's safety," Ms Jones said.

"There will be heavy machinery and log haulage trucks operating in the section of Cairncross State Forest that lies to the west of the Pacific Highway and south of Pembrooke Road for up to three months, depending on the weather.

"The economic benefits of this operation will extend throughout the region with many high quality timber sawlogs destined for local mills including Boral's Herons Creek Mill, where they will be processed into high value products such as flooring.  Some of the timber will also be sent further up the coast for processing before ultimately making it back to the mid-north coast as power poles. 

"The harvesting has been carefully planned to create the ideal seedbed conditions for a new generation of forest seedlings to grow and supply timber for future generations.

"While this work is going on we put barriers and road closures in place for the safety of forest users. We ask people to pay attention to road closures and warning signs and stay away from restricted areas and out of harm's way. Please don't attempt to walk or cycle past or around barriers.

"A network of mountain bike trails managed by Hastings Valley Mountain Bike Riders Inc will be closed throughout the work for the safety of riders and harvesting crews. The club is encouraging people to consider using Urban Mountain Bike Park, located at Wayne Richards Park in Port Macquarie during the work.

"There are plenty of forest trails in other parts of the forest that will remain open for bushwalking, horse riding and bike riding throughout this work. Riders can also drop into Forestry Corporation's Wauchope office to collect a map showing other trails they can explore in the forest."

For more information or to view more detailed plans, visit the Central Regional Office at Maher Street Wauchope or call 6585 3744.

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