26 Mar 2014 - Elizabeth Fowler
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
"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
Media contact: Elizabeth Fowler 9407 4265 / 0408 779 903