A 40ha low intensity timber harvesting operation is set to start from January in Strathbogie State Forest.
Using the single-tree selection harvesting method, VicForests Stakeholders and Planning general manager Lachlan Spencer said the method removed a much smaller number of trees from an unevenly aged forest.
‘‘This style of harvesting has been chosen as a result of discussions between VicForests and the local community that have taken place over a number of years,’’ he said.
‘‘Both good quality trees will be removed for sawlog, to produce high quality timber flooring and furniture, and poorer quality mature trees will be removed to allow the younger trees to become future sawlogs.’’
Mr Spencer said the intention of selective harvesting operations was to leave behind an unevenly aged forest once harvesting had been completed, with remaining trees either retained as habitat trees or left to continue to grow.
‘‘The forest on the site will be re-established through a combination of retained trees, natural seedfall from these retained trees and proactively sowing native seed where needed,’’ he said.
‘‘If any further work is required to ensure the area has successfully regrown, we will continue to treat the site until it has regrown,’’ Mr Spencer said.
The timber from the operation will produce a range of products and will go to mills throughout the state.
The harvesting of the area will take about two to three months to complete, depending on weather.