Trees in the ground as VicForests supports the Victorian Forestry Plan
2 March 2022
VicForests has ensured there are more trees in the ground in Victoria, planting nearly 80,000 seedlings as it continues to support the delivery of the State Government’s Victorian Forestry Plan (VFP).
The seedlings will be used to produce several high-quality timber products such as structural timber for housing and plywood.
The planting operations also supported local communities with VicForests hiring six local contractors to work on the project, which took around a month to complete.
The plantation, which is the company’s first pine plantation, is a milestone for the Victorian Government and VicForests as the organisation continues to balance its commitment to supply high quality native timber while planning its eventual transition from native forestry.
This plantation is a continuation of VicForests’ move into the sector and follows its establishment of Blue Gum plantations which began in 2019. Its current plantation crop now measures more than 500 hectares in size, and it plans to further expand this area of its business as it continues to assist the execution of the VFP.
As part of the Gippsland Plantations Investment Program, the 64-hectare Radiata Pine plantation, located south of Sale, was planted with nearly 80,000 seedlings and VicForests will continue to manage the plantation until its harvest in approximately 30 years.