WA Water and Forestry Minister Dave Kelly announced work had begun to rejuvenate the Wellington catchment, increase Western Australia’s softwood estate, create jobs and improve the quality of water in the Wellington reservoir.
The collaboration between the WA Department of Water and Forest Products Commission will see the harvesting of eucalypt plantings converted to a commercial softwood pine plantation over the next four years.
The pine plantation will use more water than the current eucalypt plantation, preventing the rise of salt levels in groundwater.
The pine plantings are part of a $21 million WA Government strategy to expand the softwood estate to maintain a vibrant timber manufacturing and processing hub in the South-West.
Source: WA Government