More than seven million pine seedlings are being dispatched from Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Blowering Nursery near Tumut, Australia, this winter, which is one of the largest crops since the nursery began producing containerised seedlings a little over a decade ago.
Phil Green, Plantation Improvement Manager, said the 7.4 million seedlings will be sent out to restock timber plantations near Tumut, Bombala, Bathurst and Walcha.
Mr Green said preparations for the massive seedling dispatch began in October last year, when the team at the nursery planted more than 340 kilograms of seed into individual cells.
“These seedlings are going to become future generations’ homes and furniture, so we go to great lengths to ensure we produce high quality, robust seedlings that will produce strong and straight timber when they are ready for harvest in 30 years,” Mr Green said.
Forestry Corporation of NSW is the largest manager of commercial native and plantation forests in New South Wales, Australia.