Norske Skog Boyer and NRM South met on the 19 December 2018 to discuss how they can team up to support sustainable forestry practices in southern Tasmania. Norske Skog Boyer have a commitment to reducing environmental impacts through sustainable practices, including the restoration of old forestry sites.
Norske Skog Boyer are restoring areas of high nature value in pine plantations that were cleared over 30 years ago. Riparian areas, which are the link between watercourses and land, are being targeted for restoration efforts as they serve a variety of vital environmental functions. Riparian areas act as natural biofilters reducing pollution from surface runoff and excessive sedimentation. Trees and vegetation in riparian areas reduce bank erosion and provide shade, organic matter, shelter and food for aquatic and terrestrial animals (fauna) and plants (flora).
“Pines have been removed in riparian areas and the areas actively managed over the past seven years to ensure the pine forest doesn’t naturally reestablish itself. Native Eucalypts have been reseeded over a total area of 200 hectares over the past decade across multiple sites. Eucalypt seed used for revegetation was locally and sustainably sourced from nearby regions.”
“One of the surprising outcomes in the revegetation sites is the diversity of native plant species that have naturally germinated from the seed in the soil.” explains Michael Schofield, the Forest Certification Coordinator of Norske Skog Boyer.
Norske Skog Boyer and NRM South are exploring future projects to build on the revegetation projects and support continuous improvement of sustainable forestry practices. To find out more about Norske Skog Boyers’ environmental policies and programs please visit http://www.norskeskog.com/Responsibility/Environment.aspx. For further information on native forest restoration in Tasmania please visit http://gottsteintrust.org/reports/a-review-of-forest-restoration-projects-in-tasmania