Once the seed bed has been prepared with the regeneration burn, seed is spread across the prepared areas, either via seed trees left during harvesting, or by hand or helicopter.
GPS technology is used for the most accurate seeding as it gives a higher chance of successfully regrowing the forest by ensuring the seed is evenly distributed across a site.
VicForests may install temporary fencing to protect new seedling from grazing animals such as deer and wallabies.
Around 200,000 seeds are sown per hectare and of this only 10,000 seedlings might germinate. In another 50 to 60 years there will be around 300 trees per hectare left as part of the growing forest. The forest can naturally thin itself, making room for the healthiest trees as they grow. It is also possible to conduct thinning operations to encourage the growth of larger trees more quickly.