Grafton nursery to dispatch 2.3 million seedlings

Friday 1 May 2020

A record 2.3 million seedlings will be sent out the gates of Forestry Corporation’s Grafton Production Nursery this month, to replant the region’s timber plantations. Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said the NSW Government is remains committed to the future of forestry in the region.

Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Grafton Nursery Manager Kath French said “each of these 2.3 million seedlings was individually sown here at our Grafton Production Nursery back in September from a carefully selected seed, and we have spent the past six months carefully watering, weeding and fertilising this crop”.

“Throughout April, the 12-person team at Grafton Production Nursery will be sorting and grading the seedlings to ensure only the hardiest seedlings are sent out the gate to our plantations.

“With the 2.3 million seedlings from Grafton we’ll be restocking more than 2,000 hectares of hardwood and softwood plantations on the north coast. The seedlings we have grown this year are an even mix of pine and eucalyptus species, to restock both softwood and hardwood plantations throughout the region”.

“The nursery also grows large numbers of seedlings for private customers with large orders. This is the largest seedling crop our Grafton team has managed to date, as the impacts of drought and fire in 2018 required us to double production of southern pine”.

“Following this summer’s fires, we are preparing to double the nursery’s output next year to replant affected plantations, allowing our production teams time to harvest affected timber and prepare the sites for planting in 2021 so we can replant and regrow all the burnt plantations with renewable timber.”

Source: Forestry Corporation of NSW

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