Salvage operation will determine the extent of pine losses

Forestry corporation estimates about 32,000 hectares, or 30 per cent, of forestry pine plantation around Tumut has been burnt in recent days.

Although the figure could climb as fires continue to burn and more assessments are undertaken, Regional Manager for the Snowy Region for Forestry Corporation of NSW Dean Anderson said many impacted trees may still be salvaged for processing.

“It is too early to say what the full impact is at this early stage because we will be able to salvage and use a lot of the burnt timber,” Mr Anderson said. 

While a large area had been affected, in the short-term there was still a lot of work to do over the next year or so to salvage and process timber from affected areas.

“Forestry is a long-term industry and we will be replanting and re-growing these plantations so they continue producing renewable, sustainable timber products for the future,” he said.

He said when pine plantations are burnt, the trees will die, but the timber may still be salvaged within the first six to twelve months following a fire.

“Over the coming months, we will be working closely with local contractors and mills to harvest and process timber salvaged from burnt areas,” Mr Anderson said.