January 2012
In the 1960s and 70s Ellis State Forest, along with many other state forests across the
NSW North Coast, suffered massive abuse from the then Forestry Commission
through its infamous Timber Stand Improvement (TSI) program. Magnificent tall
old-growth eucalypt forests and some rainforests, with trees measuring in excess of
2m diameter were virtually clear-felled, leaving only a handful of healthy mature to
advanced mature trees to provide seed for future commercial forestry.
Those wet forests are difficult to burn and
many of the stumps and logs from that
program still litter the forest floor today.
As is clearly seen in these photographs, the result of this clear felling, is a dense
regrowth of mainly rainforest species. However, there are areas containing Eucalypt
regrowth, now 40 years old, which Forests NSW is planning to log in early 2012.
Having received details of the proposed logging through Forests NSW's Harvest Plan
for Compartments, 63 and 64, the Clarence Environment Centre answered call from
locals to investigate.
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It was clear from the Plan, which shows an expected timber yield dominated by
“High Quality Large" logs (4,300 m³), and girders (350m³), and a large amount of
“Low Quality" timber (3,300m³), which will also come predominately from older
“Late Mature" trees, that the retained seed trees from the TSI program are being
targeted. This is particularly clear when considering the comparatively low quantities
of High Quality Small (just 1,650m³) and Poles (650m³) that are expected.
Ellis State Forest
A case for protection