02 Apr 2014 - Elizabeth Fowler
Clouds Creek and Nana Creek State Forests have celebrated a
century as dedicated State forests.
Forestry Corporation of NSW's Regional Manager Craig Busby
said Clouds Creek and Nana Creek State Forests were dedicated in March 1914.
"The Coffs Coast has a proud tradition of sustainable timber
production and forest management that has both supported local communities
built on the timber trade and maintained healthy populations of native flora and
fauna," Mr Busby said.
"The Clouds Creek and Nana Creek State Forests have now been
successfully managed for timber production, environmental benefit and community
recreation for a century.
"These thriving forests have been harvested and regenerated
many times since they were dedicated and continue to provide a range of
experiences for locals and visitors in conjunction with valuable wildlife
"Because they are managed sustainably, they will continue to
regenerate and supply renewable timber 100 years from now."
cutting licences were issued from the early days of the colony, the first
forest reserves were proclaimed in 1871 to preserve the timber resources of the
colony and prevent the destruction of the best species of brush and hardwood.
Forest Rangers were appointed to supervise the
reserves in September 1875 and after the Forestry Act 1909 passed, the first
Director of Forests Richard Dalrymple Hay was appointed in 1910 and the first
State forests were dedicated.
"Today we have around 500,000 hectares of State forest in the North East Region,
which Forestry Corporation of NSW continues to manage for the economic, environmental and social
benefit of the people of NSW."
Media contact: Elizabeth Fowler 9407 4265 / 0408 779 903