Forestry Corporation of NSW's Bombala District has started its record 2021 replanting program with 2,400 hectares of pine plantations to be replanted into harvested areas following the black summer bushfires.
Forestry Corporation of NSW's Bombala district manager Linda Cotterill said this winter's planting program is an important milestone in the organisation's bushfire recovery program.
"With around a third of State forest pine plantations affected by the 201920 fire season, we've expanded and fast tracked our nursery programs in time for a record 2021 season," Ms Cotterill said.
"The planting program engages several businesses including three major planting contractors, so is also an important step in supporting recovering regional communities.
"This is the second time in almost 40 years that our district and people have been involved in such a significant fire event and their connection to our estate is strong," Ms Cotterill said.
"So being able to do a good job reestablishing the forest is an important part of the recovery of our people and their wellbeing too."
"Each seedling is planted by hand and an experienced planter can plant around 2,000 seedlings a day.
"Through their efforts, we are rebuilding plantations previously harvested for timber or affected by fires, including Pericoe, Rockton, Bondi, Wog, Nalbaugh, and Coolangubra State Forests."
This year's seedling crop was predominantly grown in Forestry Corporation's Tumut production nursery following upgrades last year.