The FPC has commenced a pine (Pinus radiata) plantation thinning operation at Greystones, near Mundaring, with the rewards of our harvest supplied to local customers across Western Australia.
In forestry, the process of thinning is the selective removal of trees, primarily undertaken to improve the growth rate or health of the remaining trees by reducing competition for water and nutrients. Thinning also encourages regeneration and promotes healthy forest productivity.
The operation also delivers on the Commission’s focus to develop new markets for plantation thinnings from the northern plantation estate. Permapole, who manufacture a range of plantation pine log products, will be one of the main beneficiaries of the thinned pine.
The FPC will supply Permapole with small logs ranging in size from 1.8m – 3.0m, who will then pressure treat the timber to prevent termite damage, and then on-supply to customers for use in fencing, landscaping and horticultural applications across WA.
Other customers include Wesbeam who manufacture high quality Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) at Neerabup, and a trial is also being conducted to export containers of pine logs to new customers in China.
Each customer has a specific product size and specification which allows for maximum utilisation of each harvested tree from the forest.
The operation is scheduled to continue during the next few, drier months. As it lies within the catchment area of Mundaring Weir, wet weather restrictions apply to protect the catchment’s water quality.