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Pechey Forestry Arboretum

Exotic pines planted in 1928 to determine their potential.

Location

The 4.5 hectare Arboretum is located on the New England Highway just south of 8023 New England Hwy, Pechey Qld Map. It is in a corner of the Pechey State Forest, Number 909. The Arboretum lines the highway for approximately 300 metres and the site has a depth of 150 metres. It is bounded by forestry roads which serve as firebreaks. 

History

In 1910 the Forestry Department started to use exotic pines in their plantations. Plots of land were chosen to determine suitability of species in particular climate, soil type and topography conditions.

The initial areas of the Pechey State Forest were purchased from the estate of EW Pechey by the Forestry Department in 1926. Under the guidance of Elton Sharman, establishment of plantation areas was commenced in 1927. The land was to supply miscellaneous hardwood, case timbers and future plantation softwood for the Darling Downs market.

A nursery was established on the site in 1927 and the Arboretum in 1928.

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Cultural Heritage

The Arboretum is listed in the Queensland Heritage Register, for the following reasons:

  • The Forestry industry has played an important role in the economic, social and historical development of the Queensland. The Arboretum demonstrates the phase from the 1920s when plots were planted for scientific and research purposes to develop and encourage diversity within the Forestry industry.
  • The Arboretum has the potential to yield further information about the establishment of arboreta, a field of significant research to the agricultural development of Queensland.
  • The Arboretum has scientific significance and demonstrates the principle characteristics of scientific plots, in particular, it represents the optimum development of plots which were planted in the 1920s.

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Pine cones

Arboretum

25 exotic species of pine were planted. around 1929. The trial was terminated in 1977. Pinus radiata (Monterey Pine), Pinus patula (Mexican Weeping Pine) and Pinus taeda (Loblolly Pine) were the three species which were fairly well adapted to the area.

Seven of the original species remain. Some hybridisation has occurred. The area is infested with lantana and other weeds.

Friends of the Arboretum.

For more information, ring Diane Smith 07 4698 1321.

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