Well-man­aged for­est yields op­por­tu­ni­ties

Australian Forests and Timber - - In The News -

Best prac­tice sil­vi­cul­ture is cre­at­ing more op­por­tu­ni­ties for tim­ber pro­duc­tion from re­growth karri for­est.

Stands of re­growth karri at War­ren 1 about 15 kilo­me­tres south west of Pem­ber­ton, West Aus­tralia, were re­gen­er­ated in 1972 and have just been thinned for the sec­ond time af­ter an ini­tial thin­ning in 1993.

For­est Prod­ucts Com­mis­sion (FPC) South­ern Pro­duc­tion Man­ager Mark Read said the re­cent thin­ning yielded about 112 tonnes of prod­uct per hectare, in­clud­ing 56 tonnes per hectare of ve­neer and saw logs.

“Ar­eas where thin­ning has been de­layed show trees of sup­pressed growth, whereas these trees were jump­ing out of their skins!” Mr Read said.

“It shows the po­ten­tial we can achieve when forests are man­aged within best prac­tice guide­lines.”

FPC Se­nior Man­agers have been look­ing at op­por­tu­ni­ties for for­est stands like these to pro­vide for a range of mar­ket de­mands.

“Given the qual­ity of this for­est, it will yield a rich mix of sawlogs,” Mr Read said.

“It is crit­i­cal that we iden­tify new mar­kets to en­sure all ar­eas can be man­aged as well as War­ren 1.

“If we are suc­cess­ful, we can in­crease the pro­duc­tion of our na­tive forests for the next gen­er­a­tion of for­est man­agers.”

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