The big wattle trees around the village began their lives in the aftermath of the devastating February 1967 bushfires. Close on 50 years old, most are still strong and sound but others are losing the battle against fungus, wind and gravity.
Our routine inspections have identified a few trees that are near the end of their safe lives and are within strike distance of cabins and campsites. These trees will be removed over the next few weeks, split and dried for a year, then eventually become part of our carbon neutral wood heating supply.
Despite expecting to remove about 5 -10 tonnes of hazardous trees per year for the next 10 years or so, our total carbon balance remains well and truly positive. Our protected and regenerating forests take in about 3800 tonnes carbon per year more than our entire operation puts out.