Saturday, 29 February 2020


The North East Forest Alliance's Response to the NSW Government's decision not to go ahead with the sale of its pine plantations:

The North East Forest Alliance has welcomed the NSW Government's decision not to proceed with a fire sale of public pine plantations, and sees the need to replant thousands of hectares of burnt plantations as an opportunity to complete the transition out of public native forests.

With such extensive areas of pine plantations burnt last year, a fire sale of pine plantations was no longer an economic option, said NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh.

"In north-east NSW, north of the Hunter River, the Forestry Corporation had 37,000 hectares of Pine Plantations, last year 16,000 hectares (43%) of them were burnt. Due to the flammability of pines most of these burnt intensively, rendering them useless for future production. 

"They are now being salvaged logged and sold to China, likely at a loss.

"Pine plantations were where the Forestry Corporation made most of their profits and were used to subsidize their largely unprofitable native forestry operations. 

"Massive replanting is required, which provides an alternative employment opportunity to continued logging of native forests. Though in this heating world maybe they should consider re-establishing them as more resilient eucalypt plantations.