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Opportunity to purchase forest property

ONE of WA’s largest privately owned forests has been placed on the market.

The property, known as Wors-ley Forest and Farm, incorporates about 8,210 hectares of freestanding tall timber forests and 1,215 hectares of pasture land, currently managed as a cattle enterprise.

The property is being offered as a whole or in three separate parcels. It is for sale through Elders Real Estate, with tenders closing on 9 December.

Elders Real Estate WA manager Malcolm French said the property had appeal not only for those companies seeking a carbon credit balance but also for timber companies, agriforesters and environmental association industries.

The property covers twenty-five kilometres from north to south, encompassing the western edge of the south Darling range plateau and escarpment.

The Brunswick River forms the property’s northern boundary, and many other rivers and streams traverse the property.

The property’s forest incorporates valleys of jarrah, marri and blackbutt. Since 1929, it has been held by the one family who have been keen on forest management, maintainance of timber production, reforestation and the environment.

A profesional forester was appointed thirty years ago to implement a quality conservation plan for the preservation of the remaining old growth blackbutt forests and for the regeneration of previously milled forests.

The plan has left the property with old growth blackbutt forests in a rainforest-like setting and tall stands of millable jarrah and marri forests. The regenerated forest stands show few signs of previous harvest.

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