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Project to improve conservation and offer contractor work

Pine wildlings cleared and redgums left to grow. Photos by Tabeel operator Gavin Coon

OneFortyOne recently completed a successful project which has significantly improved the conservation status and value of an inlier (protected vegetation) in one of its South Australian estates between Nangwarry and Penola, while also getting people back into the workforce. Source: Timberbiz

The project, which is a collaboration between OneFortyOne’s estate, planning and marketing, and operations divisions, saw 3400 cubic metres of product salvaged from pine wildings outside of the company’s standing inventory in an area known as Little Forest.

Among these wildlings were native trees, including redgums that were estimated to hundreds of years old. The redgums have been left standing, there is now space for them thrive.

OneFortyOne’s Sean Green, David Kenseley and Angelo Ananiadis came up with the idea to clear the inlier in a collaborative fashion which had multiple benefits for the company.

cSalvaged product went to domestic and export markets, generating revenue for the project. This money will be reinvested to do follow-up control to consolidate the cleared area for conservation and management purposes.

The team used innovative solutions to clear the pine wildlings from the inlier which included the use of redundant equipment from local contractor Tabeel Trading. This allowed two machinery operators on JobKeeper to get back into the workforce.

Highly skilled harvest operator Gavin Coon removed the trees with surgical precision to minimise damage to the residual redgum and adjacent commercial pine trees.