Darcy Vickers – Forest Education Teacher
My story behind our trees…
My name is Rob Crellin, I am employed as a Forest Officer Native forests (Seed Coordinator) with Sustainable Timber Tasmania in the Southern region. I have worked in the Forest industry for over 30 years and have many years of experience in seed searching, collecting and processing seed ready for aerial sowing.
I plan and organise the entire Southern seed collection program – extract the seed, tin, store & allocate seed and regenerate the areas of forest which have been harvested and burnt.
It’s like magic! That is the only word I can use to describe it. A seed is worth more than its weight in gold.
We sow the seed after the coup has been burnt. The seeds fall on a warm ash bed. If they get a little moisture. It is like a prefect recipe. The seeds wait and wait and then it’s time to grow.
Quite often you will see me happily wondering through the forests somewhere with a set of binoculars, GPS and note book.
I have seen some wonderful sights in the forest. Seed has always fascinated me and I have grown very passionate and feel very connected to the whole process, as I closely watch the many harvested coupes that I have regenerated over the years and know each one in detail.
I don’t turn my back on the seeds once they are sown – the next stage is all about protecting the stock. We are babysitters of each crop until they get to about 1m tall, safe from game and beetles.
Early on I had a mixture of jobs – mainly outdoors in orchard and fish farms. Until I met Ralph Casey and started working as a seed collector and I fell in love with it. When Ralph retired I took on his role and I never looked back.
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