Wood4Good came to Yambulla to develop renewal plans for our 450 hectare eucalyptus plantation that was killed in the 2020 bushfires. They were inspired by how now, 3 years after the fire, there was a naturally evolving regeneration occurring and, with some tinkering by humans, this could be evolved into an exciting new paradigm for resilient, productive and novel ecosystems.
Wood4Good is a mission-driven organisation creating new forests through regenerative forestry. Directors Ben Boxshall and Sebastian Klein stayed at Yambulla for 3 days, touring the forest with us, yarning with Indigenous knowledge holders and assessing our bushfire-affected plantation. Their brief was to generate a concept for the plantation renewal that took into account that one third of the forest had been salvage harvested and two thirds was still standing.
The previous plantation, Eucalyptus nitens (Shining Gum), followed usual monoculture forestry methods and was unsuccessful on a number of fronts and so Wood4Good were keen to demonstrate to us there is a better way to grow timber in Australia. They are adamant and escited that we can have equal focus on biodiversity, native foods, sustainable timber and carbon sequestration and still expect exceptional results.