A recent Forest Learning Day gave science teachers from a range of South West schools the opportunity to connect with the forest and understand timber’s important role in the economy.
Organised by the Leschenault Timber Industry Club (LTIC), the day started at the FPC’s Bussell pine plantation south of Collie.
Operations Officer Andrew Stone and Assistant Operations Officer Jye Newman along with Total Harvesting’s Karl Anderson explained the harvesting process and gave the teachers the opportunity to examine a harvester.
Next, a stop at the Wellington Discovery Forest highlighted the importance of asset protection from the damaging effects of fire and salinity.
Tour leader and Wespine’s Brad Barr took the group through the Wespine mill where they discussed the jobs, technology and investment that goes into the timber industry.
The final stop was at the Bunbury Port for an explanation of bio-energy, it’s potential to displace coal and the creation of pulp paper.
Brad Barr said the forest learning days are a great opportunity to connect one on one with members of the community.
“It allows us to promote the benefits of the industry and forest management to children and teachers, and we’ve had great feedback so far,” said Brad.