Plantation timber to be harvested at Pine Creek

An eight-week operation to harvest a timber plantation at Pine Creek State Forest near Bellingen will start in late April.

Forestry Corporation of NSW's Regional Manager Craig Busby said that Mailmans Track, which connects the Pacific Highway with Valery Road, would be closed for safety reasons during the work.  

"Mailmans Track will be closed between 5am and 6pm weekdays but will be open during the evening and on weekends to minimise the disruption to local residents," Mr Busby said. 

"Alternative arrangements have been made with the National Parks and Wildlife Service to ensure residents and visitors can use Hunters Road as a detour for from Valery Road to the Pacific Highway.

"Please be aware that Hunters Road is only suitable for vehicles less than eight tonnes.     

"Compartment 16 of Pine Creek State Forest is a plantation that was established on previously cleared land in the late 1960s for timber production and sits between Bongil Bongil National Park and cleared farmland to the south.

"This plantation is situated within a broad forested area and is managed for conservation, recreation and timber production.

"Within this plantation, we know that over time a variety of native trees have naturally germinated, so we have taken steps to identify and safeguard habitat within the plantation for native wildlife.

"Our experienced and qualified staff have identified areas to retain so that timber production is balanced with conservation and our activities complement the vast area of National Park to the north."

Mr Busby said the area would be a worksite throughout the operation and asked the community to observe all notices about access restrictions and all safety information.

"For your own safety please pay attention to all signs and staff and don't enter restricted areas," Mr Busby said.

"The timber harvested from this forest will be an important boost for local industry, supplying local timber processors with hardwood for conversion into essential timber products ranging from power poles to timber pallets for transporting goods, creating a steady source of local work and revenue.

"The forest products industry continues to support more than 4000 jobs in Northern NSW and more than 100 in Bellingen alone."

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