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Karri planting complete in Manjimup

Karri planting has finished in the Manjimup area, with little time or seedlings to spare. Assistant Operations Officer Callum Raper said that the FPC has planted just over 268 hectares of karri seedlings this season, battling poor weather to do so in time. Source: Timberbiz

“Our target was to plant 238.8 hectares of karri, so we exceeded that this season despite the storms,” Mr Raper said. A tool that assisted in achieving this target was the use of new technology.

“Things like Samsung tablets have changed some of our approach in the field, letting us complete surveys on the go, and it also keeps live hygiene and planting maps in one easy to access location, rather than as bundles of paper in the back of a vehicle,” he said.

The planting was carried out by contractors from Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and R & S Bamess.

“The contractors fought through the terrible weather of the last few weeks to finish all planting on schedule,” Mr Raper said.

The areas planted include harvested forest that is being regenerated and areas that were damaged in the 2015 Northcliffe fire.