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Stanley Operations Update 2022

June 17, 2022

HVP Plantations would like to update the Stanley, Beechworth and Yackandandah communities with the latest information about our forest operations, keeping safe, and recreation. Operational activity across the HVP estate is ongoing, which continues the life cycle of plantations. This includes tree planting, first and second thinnings, fertilising, through to harvest, site preparation and planting new trees. General information about the lifecycle and HVP’s range of operations is available here. Read on for the following:

  • Safety
  • Operations outlook
  • Thinning
  • Transport
  • Silviculture
  • Fire season
  • Community recreation
  • Recreation events
Safety

HVP takes safety seriously, please note the following:

  • Worksites are closed (to vehicles, pedestrians, and riders) for the duration of operations. This includes when the crew is not present.
  • Worksites are hazardous, and risks to people’s safety are not always obvious.
  • Be aware of increased heavy vehicle traffic and machinery. The professional drivers transporting our logs are committed to safely sharing the road with other members of the community.

Thank you for following the directions of all signage and forest operators.

Forest operation worksites are off limits
Forest operation worksites are off limits

The outlook for the coming months is outlined below.

Thinning

Thinning operations harvest a selection of trees and encourage strong healthy growth of the remaining crop. The general age of the Stanley Plantation requires a high level of thinning activity. Multiple harvest crews are working in the plantation to ensure that HVP can thin the plantation at the right time to achieve optimal crop response.

The timing of the thinning operations within the Stanley Plantation is dynamic as many factors contribute to when an area can be harvested, including weather conditions, HVP’s customers orders and availability of machinery and personnel.

Localities within the Stanley Plantation that harvest activities will occur include:

  • The Pinus radiata surrounding the Californian Redwood stand at the intersection of Number One West Road and Upper Nine Mile Road. This operation requires the Redwood site to close to all public access for a few weeks commencing late June 2022.
  • The southern end of Rawes Road.
  • The Welch Gate Road, Upper Nine Mile Road, Wooden Gate Road area.
  • East and West of Oregon Road.
  • Kellys Gate and Teaze Roads.
  • To the west of Yackandandah Creek between Kelly Valley Break and Valley Road.
  • South West of the Stanley township in the Dingle Plantation, around Flagstaff Road.
  • In the Magpie Plantation to the east of Beechworth, around the Yack Link Track and Yack Line Road intersection.
Transport

Our drivers transport logs from worksites to our customers in Wangaratta, Myrtleford, Benalla, and regional NSW to be converted into sawn timber and other building and paper products. Roads that trucks will be entering and exiting the plantations include:

  • Wooden Gate Road / Masons Road,
  • Upper/Lower Nine Mile Road,
  • Hillsborough Road / Mt Stanley Road, and
  • Hurdle Flat/Fletchers Dam Road, Red Hill Road (Beechworth) and Flagstaff/Six Mile Road.
Silviculture

Various plantation silviculture operations will be completed in the coming months:

  • Planting at Switchback followed by post planting weed control by hand
  • In July at locations throughout the plantation, samples will be shot from the growing tips of tall trees (using a firearm). This is to assess nutrition, and identify areas that need fertiliser. For further information click here
  • Annual firebreak maintenance works will be undertaken across the district, including slashing.
  • Some areas will be fertilised next Autumn, with a combination of helicopter and ground based methods depending on the location.
Fire season

You may notice HVP fire crews patrolling plantation areas on days of escalated fire danger. On some days over the fire season the plantations are closed to everyone (unless for for fire management) – this includes HVP staff, contractors and members of the public.  Fletchers Dam is not a safe place to spend time when the plantation is closed due to fire danger. On closure days, patrolling crews would request people to leave the plantation area.

Community recreation

HVP recognise that many community members have an affinity with our forests, and enjoy walking, running and bike-riding activities throughout the year. Before entering any plantations, please undertake a visitor induction and apply for a Human Powered Pass.

Members of the public are reminded that motorised activities such as four-wheel-driving on firebreaks and motorbike riding and are not authorised on HVP property.

Events

An approved permit is required for any event to access HVP land.  Event operators need to apply for a permit well in advance of any proposed activity (e.g. riding, running, orienteering). Go to the plantation access page for more information on the application process.

For more information

For further information, to provide feedback, or to become a stakeholder, please contact our Myrtleford office: phone (03) 5731 2000; or email HVP via our contact page.

HVP's signs outlining induction and permit requirements, and the plantation lifecycle.
HVP’s plantation entry signs outlining induction and permit requirements, and the plantation life cycle.

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