Log Harvesting Operations in New South Wales and Tasmania

Log Harvesting Operations in New South Wales and Tasmania

Native forest harvesting operations in Coffs Harbour, NSW, and Geeveston, Tasmania,
were investigated, with the objective of comparing practices at those sites with those
carried out in Central Gippsland, Victoria. The harvesting machinery was generally
similar to that used in Victoria, with the exception of the Unicon processing head
attachment for an excavator that was operating in NSW. This system provides an effective
method for stripping bark from the trees, allowing the waste product to remain in the forest
rather than on the log landings. Roading construction in NSW and Tasmania were
different from that practised in Victoria, through the use of culverts and cording and
matting. Although rainfall in Victoria is lower than that in NSW and Tasmania, the
logging season is shorter. It is recommended that steps be taken to improve roading
construction methods in Victoria, so that the logging season might be extended.