800,000 trees to be planted

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - By JUSTIN JENVEY

HAN­COCK Vic­to­ria Plan­ta­tions ( HVP) will re­plant 600 hectares of ter­rain across the Alpine Shire this win­ter fol­low­ing the pre­vi­ous 12 months’ har­vest­ing op­er­a­tions.

Plant­ing lo­ca­tions will be in the Happy Val­ley and Mer­ri­ang ar­eas as well as in Bright around Quinns Gap/ Moun­tain Mist and above the Great Alpine Road at Pore­punkah.

Pine clear­ing op­er­a­tions will also con­tinue over the com­ing months with har­vest­ing and haulage around Tower Hill set to take place through to Novem­ber.

“All of our op­er­a­tions con­trib­ute to the overall plan­ta­tion lifecycle,” HVP North­ern Re­gion gen­eral man­ager Anne Par­tridge said.

“Har­vest­ing is stag­gered across the land­scape in a patch­work of age classes.

“The har­vested ar­eas are then pre­pared for win­ter plant­ing when soil mois­ture is right for new pine trees to be suc­cess­fully es­tab­lished.”

Ms Par­tridge said trees are har­vested as each sec­tion of plan­ta­tion reaches ma­tu­rity at be­tween 25 and 30 years.

Logs are then trans­ported to lo­cal and re­gional cus­tomers in Myrtle­ford, Wan­garatta, Be­nalla and Al­bury, and into NSW.

“Thin­ning op­er­a­tions also pro­duce tim­ber part way through the ro­ta­tion by re­mov- ing a selec­tion of trees and keep­ing the best per­form­ers through to fi­nal har­vest,” she said.

Re­cent rain was very wel­come in the lead up to win­ter how­ever Ms Par­tridge said they looked for­ward to more so that crews can be­gin plant­ing 800,000 trees on sites across the Ovens Dis­trict.

She said a large num­ber of lo­cals make up the work­force to keep the plan­ta­tions safe and pro­duc­tive.

“Jobs are di­verse such as ma­chin­ery oper­a­tion, plan­ning and en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship, lead­er­ship and man­age­ment over­sight, OHS co­or­di­na­tion, fire crew, and sil­vi­cul­ture crews con­trol­ling weeds and plant­ing trees,” Ms Par­tridge said.

While har­vest­ing con­tin­ues Ms Par­tridge said some ar­eas and roads in lo­cal plan­ta­tions would re­main closed.

“We need to keep op­er­a­tional work­sites safe, so it is cru­cial that ev­ery­one ad­heres to safety sig­nage,” she said.

“It’s es­sen­tial that mem­bers of the public do not walk, drive or ride past work­site signs, or go around or through bar­ri­ers such as tem­po­rary fenc­ing or gates.

“We have dis­cussed the is­sue of unau­tho­rised ac­cess to work­sites with lo­cal po­lice.”

READY TO PLANT: Greg Smyth in­spects a de­liv­ery of seedlings at the HVP Myrtle­ford de­pot on Mon­day morn­ing.

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