PLANTATION forestry in the Bellingen Valley and Coffs Harbour has been named by Forestry NSW as the most productive site for growing trees in the county.
Forestry NSW senior manager of planning Dean Kearney made the claim and said the value of plantations in the region shouldn’t be underestimated.
“Locally produced, sustainable hardwood timbers is something that I think the North Coast community can be proud to have in the landscape here,” he said.
Mr Kearney’s comments are in response to alternatives to provide value over clear-felling suggested by community members against the logging of Tarkeeth forest in Bellingen on Sunday, such as the potential for scientific research into biodiversity.
The protest of about 50 people cited risks to destroying the indigenous connection to the land by destroying historical artefacts and environmental damage as key points against the clear-felling.
Bellingen Environment Centre spokesperson Caroline Joseph said the trees were vital for the community as it borders the Bellinger and Kalang rivers.