Victoria's Forestry Heritage

A History of Management

Did You Know?

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    • That by the time the Government corporatised management of the State's plantations, the total plantation area was about 113000ha.?
       
    • That, from 1928, two Norwegian foresters (Kristian Drangsholt and Bjarne Dahl) were critical in getting rigourous timber resource assessments into place?
        
    • That the Toorongo Plateau looked in very ordinary shape in 1942?

    • That prior to December 1937 the FCV had no person occupying a positon like Fire Protection Officer with the responsibility to coordinate Statewide fire activities. The first officer to occupy such a position was RE Torbet?

    • That as early as 1930 the FCV worked with the RAAF to conduct fire detection flights with Westland Wapiti aircraft. These patrols became a regular fire season operation. The first flight with a single engine 2 seater Wapiti was on 18 Feb 1930?

    • That over the period 1941-42 to 1952-53, a total of 1,915,286 tons measure of firewood was produced by the FCV through the Emergency Firewood project?

    • That someone fitted the pitot tube back to front on the fixed-wing aircraft being used to trial the CSIRO-built aerial ignition machine over Western Port Bay? Imagine Conrad Holmes Wood flinging his arms about, at the bar of course, as he describes how he plucked injected capsules from the air inside the cockpit and flung them into the bay. Now for the real story - water from a charged soda water siphon extinguished the burning capsules. Nowhere near as exciting

    • That during WW2 a Forestry Company (see Peter McHugh's article) was raised within the Corps of Royal Australian Engineers? Victorian forestry personnel were actively involved.

    • The number of aircraft crashes (see Peter McHugh's article) that have occurred on State Forest and National Parks?

    • That the FCV once owned a Paddle Steamer (see Peter McHugh's article), and Hero was its name?

 

Featured Articles

Peter McHugh - a VSF Graduate of 1977 - writes here about his first year of work.

 

Have a look at this wonderful article by Arnis Heislers about Alpine Assessments in the 1960's.

 

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