Nick Roberts, the chief executive of Forestry Corporation NSW, has come to native forest harvesting from a background in plantation forestry, and doesn't lament that things have changed.
'Some of the old ways that we used to do things, we don't need to do them anymore.
That's a good thing.
I think we get greater precision using technology,' he
is also proud of the improved safety that mechanisation has brought to the industry, which historically has had a poor safety record.
rejects claims that increased mechanisation has led to an increase in the amount of resources being taken from the forests.
Asked about the problems with resource estimates, Forestry Corporation NSW's Nick Roberts said: 'I don't know that we have a problem getting them right.
Asked if senior staff were giving him the same advice, that the local forests were 'stuffed', Nick Roberts
replied: 'No, that's not my assessment.
You're sitting in a forest at the moment in Bruxner Park where we were harvesting late last year.
The sawlogs were extracted from this forest and supplied to our customers.'
There are many, many other operations working today doing exactly that, he