5 million trees start their journey in Grafton

Friday 10 Sep 2021

Over five million pine and eucalyptus seeds are being sown this year at Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Grafton nursery. Grafton nursery staff are currently planting around 130,000 seeds a day to supply the 2022 planting program, said Forestry Corporation Nursery Manager Kath French.

“Our softwoods program will see around four million cells of Southern Pine, Hoop Pine and Radiata Pine seeds sown, which will eventually be planted in areas such as Grafton, the north coast, Walcha and Bathurst,” Ms French said. “We are also sowing hardwood seeds, which will ultimately see 1.1 million of these seedlings go out the gate in 2022.”

Ms French said the nursery is a crucial component of Forestry Corporation’s operations. "We've dispatched more than 80 million seedlings from Grafton nursery over the last 25 years, which have ultimately helped build people’s homes and vital infrastructure.

“Each year we dispatch seedlings to be replanted in our forests. We also supply a further 200,000 seedlings to private industry, including private forestry and revegetation/restoration organisations.” Forestry Corporation is the largest producer of plantation-grown radiata pine in Australia, managing more than 240,000 hectares of plantations around the state.

Source: FCNSW

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