Nathan Trushell, VicForests, Melbourne
The Age (letter), 8 October 2010
Contrary to Jill Sanguinetti's letter (7/10),VicForests harvests 5500 hectares of forest in total across Victoria each year. This equates to less than 0.1 of a percentage point of our state's 7.8 million hectares of native forest.
VicForests then re-sows every hectare with seeds from the local region to maintain diversity.
Rather than creating a monoculture, this process ensures the same mix of species present in each area grows back following harvesting.
The area permitted to be harvested in Victoria each year has reduced by more than 30 per cent over the past decade, further helping to ensure the sustainability of our forests.