Plantation timbers supply poles from Kerewong State Forest

Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Harvest Coordinator, Greg Partridge, said people would still be able to camp at the popular Swans Crossing.

"The majority of log truck movements will avoid the visitor access route, however visitors should be aware of occasional encounters with long trucks carrying timber poles that will be travelling under escort to ensure the safety of other road users," said Mr Partridge.

"Barriers and signs will be put in place in the areas where timber is being harvested for the safety of visitors, so please don’t attempt to walk, drive or cycle past or around them – it is not only unsafe to enter forest worksites but it is also illegal."

"Timber harvested from this operation will be supplied to processors in and around the mid north coast of NSW for housing construction, flooring, power poles, landscaping material such as fencing, and pallets, creating a steady source of local work and revenue."

"The operation is very similar to harvesting undertaken of nearby plantations in 2012. These plantations were replanted and have now grown to over six metres in height. The forty six year old plantation in Kerewong will be replanted with Blackbutt seedlings over the coming years ensuring a healthy growing forest and a supply of timber again in the future."

Sandra Madeley, Forestry Corporation recreational coordinator said, that the ‘overflow’ camping area in Swans Crossing would be open and accessible during Easter and Autumn School Holidays to cater for the large influx of visitors during these busy periods. However, the area would be closed during the remainder of the plantation harvesting operation which is expected to be completed around June 2016.

"It has been a great summer period, with many visitors choosing to head inland to the cool fresh water streams and rivers found in a number of our visitor areas".

For more information contact Forestry Corporation’s Wauchope office on (02) 6585 3744(02) 6585 3744 or visit forestrycorporation.com.au/visit or #visitnswforests on Facebook.

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