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A cost effective solution to the camphor laurel invasion

Joe Harvey-Jones (PhD forestry SCU, 2006).

Paul Bibby’s article on Camphor laurel was very timely, and I was particularly struck by a comment on Echonetdaily by Don who said, among other things: ‘Any wholesale approach to removing large swathes of camphor will have another negative impact on our whole environment.

‘An organised approach to harvest with a value added outcome is needed when trees are removed. Ground uncovered replanted.’

This approach is to be the focus of a field day coming up on the October 27 in Eureka.

It is based on an idea I had a few years ago, to slowly thin dense stands of camphor over several years, following normal forest establishment systems.

In 15-20 years, the proceeds of a clear-fell harvest, would fund replanting with rainforest Cabinet Timbers, or environmental plantings.

Can you help us to spread the word about the field day? (We already have 20 registrations so the idea is popular) .


2 responses to “A cost effective solution to the camphor laurel invasion”

  1. don says:

    Highly recommend reading Fred Pearce’s THE NEW WILD.

    He tells what 2017 conservation should really be about as the planet gallops into a unpredictable future.

    He explains how many of our ideas on conservation are seriously outdated and ecological damage has to be approached more realistically.

  2. Robin Harrison says:

    I find terms like invader to be only marginally less emotional than ‘enemy’ where we can no longer say anything good about it.
    If we dispassionately view it as a plant we can determine what kind of plant. As it happens in this neighbourhood it’s an extremely efficient plant of serial succession to rainforest. If what you want is rainforest it would make sense to exploit that quality; maybe with some clever forestry producing very valuable timbers.

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