To facilitate future residential development, the Forest Products Commission (FPC) is planning a clearfall harvest operation of the Peel ‘B’ pine plantation located at the intersection of Sixty Eight and Eighty Roads in Baldivis.
Pines harvested from the Peel ‘B’ plantation contribute to the sustainable supply of resources for Western Australia’s timber industry. The wood will supply customers in Neerabup and Dardanup for the manufacture of valuable products such as furniture, structural and engineered timbers, joinery and decking.
The proposed operation will commence in May 2010 and will take approximately 6 weeks.
In the interests of public safety, the area will be declared a work site for the duration of the operation, with access restricted to authorised personnel only.
As this operation will be conducted in close proximity to residential housing, machinery working hours will be restricted between 7 am and 7 pm, Monday to Friday and possibly
Saturdays. A high volume of heavy haulage traffic will also be experienced during the harvesting operation.
A post harvest burn will be conducted in order to reduce the fire fuel load. This will occur six to eight weeks after the completion of the harvest in preparation for the following summer. The timing of the burn will be dependent upon weather conditions in order to minimise the inconvenience to commuters and the local neighbourhood.