Queensland pine plantations reopen to the public
14 January 2020
Pine plantations throughout southern Queensland have been reopened to the public as weather conditions improve. Forecast rain, higher humidity and lower temperatures have reduced the fire danger.
The closure has been lifted for all plantation areas in State Forest except for Jimna, which has been extensively fire damaged and the risk from falling trees remains high.
HQPlantations would like to thank everyone who complied with the closures and helped to keep themselves, others and the plantations safe for the past two months.
We remind visitors to exercise caution while fire bans are still in place and conditions remain dry.
Some other reminders for responsible recreation in plantations forests include to:
Comply with signage. Even when a plantation is listed as open, there may be smaller areas within the plantation that are closed due to current forest operations, fire salvage, revegetation or to prevent excessive noise.
Respect forest roads. Rapid fire response is impeded when roads must be graded or repaired before fire attack vehicles can get access. Do not drive on fire tracks, exacerbate the condition of damaged roads or drive through mud.
Drive to the conditions. Drive slowly and leave a gap when it’s dusty. Always be on the lookout for heavy vehicles in or near plantations as well as other recreation users.
Be licensed and registered. Unlicensed riders or drivers, and unregistered and conditionally registered vehicles are not permitted in state forests. This includes children on motorbikes.
Check the plantation is open. Get in the habit of checking plantations are open before visiting here.
For further information contact:
Chief Operating Officer
Lannercost plantation closure
16 December 2019
For public safety, all parts of Lannercost State Forest north of Wallaman Falls Road are closed until further notice following the recent fire, which burned approximately 2,000 hectares.
Dangers include falling trees and branches, burnt stump holes and loose burnt soil that can cause rock slides.
Conditions will be monitored and the area will be made safe in the coming months, with a reassessment undertaken in mid-2020.
Access to Wallaman Falls via Wallaman Falls Road is unaffected by this closure.
Local residents and visitors to the area are asked to respect this forest closure and stay out of the area until it can be reopened.
Plantation forest closures fall under the Forestry Act 1959 and can be enforced by police, QPWS rangers and plantation officers. Fines for non-compliance range from 2 to 10 penalty units (currently $266 to $1,335).
For more information contact HQPlantations Ingham office on 4776 2777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Responsible recreation in Queensland’s plantation forests
14 February 2019
Plantation forests in Queensland managed by HQPlantations are becoming increasingly popular destinations for recreation. To ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time, visitors are reminded that in addition to being in a working forest, they are in a public place and must behave responsibly and obey the law, including the Forestry Act.
Here are a few of the rules you are required to comply with to enjoy Queensland’s plantation forests responsibly.
Road rules apply. By law, your vehicles must be fully registered and roadworthy, you must have a licence to drive or ride it and you must stay on formed roads, drive to the conditions and observe safety signage indicating work sites or road closures ahead. Because children don’t have licences, they cannot ride or drive in plantation forests.
Please don’t drive in mud. This damages our roads. Plantation roads are not government managed or funded roads. We will continue to be forced to close areas that become too badly damaged for us to access for fire protection or are too costly to maintain for forest operations, which disadvantages all recreation users.
Respect our neighbours. Please keep vehicle noise down near houses and be considerate about when you ride or drive, particularly very early in the morning or late at night. We are closing a small area south of the Glass House Woodford Road to try and reduce excessive noise in this rural residential valley. We would appreciate your compliance.
Please don’t litter! If you brought it in, please take it out and dispose of it responsibly. No one likes a tosser.
Groups require a permit. Five or more cars or motorbikes traveling together or 15 or more walkers, bike riders or horse riders require an organised event permit. If you don’t want to get a permit, which requires public liability insurance, travel in small groups of fewer than five vehicles (or 15 people). You’ll find more information at here
Check the plantation is open. Our plantations are often closed to the public before, during or after extreme weather events such as cyclones, strong winds, heavy rain or very high fire danger. It is your responsibility to check the plantation you plan to visit is open by going to our closures page.
For further information contact: