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pine boxes for exporting fruit and vegetables


24 Feb 2020 

Fuel reduction burns planned for

Wirrabara Forest 

We will begin fuel reduction/residue burning throughout the Wirrabara Forest areas early March 2020.

Burns in commercial forest areas are undertaken to manage debris left over from the 2014 fire, harvesting debris and facilitate cultivation of the site for the next crop.

Proactive management of forest fuel loads significantly mitigates bushfire risk, reducing the threat to the surrounding communities and our wider commercial interests.

All burns will take place in accordance with strict guidelines as per our Burn Plan - that has been compiled with the much appreciated assistance of the local council, DEW and the CFS.

It is important to note that every effort is made to reduce the impact of smoke drift on the local community and neighbour notifications are now underway.

Smoke may be visible in the area for several days while the burns are in progress.

For your own safety, please remain clear of the site while the operations are in progress.










Working with industry and gaining excellent results

Morgan Sawmill is a family business, owned and operated throughout 3 generations by the Morgan Families. We pride ourselves in quality and proficiency. Our product range is extensive and includes posts, structural timber, pallets, bins/boxes, woodchips, sawdust and decking to name a few. Morgan Sawmill has evolved over time, growing significantly in size and developing new product lines for the ever-changing market.

The timber industry is an exciting venture to be involved in and we strongly support the preservation of timber supply from our locally grown plantation forests maintained by Morgan Sawmill and other local enterprises.

Plantation forests are very beneficial; they preserve our native forests and also allow access to a renewable resource. The plantation forests, containing Pinus Radiata, are managed in a way that ensures sustainability of the Forest for generations to come –(“Forests for Life”).  Formally the majority of Morgan Sawmill's timber supplies were from the Wirrabara and Bundaleer Forests.

However, in recent times this has been supplemented by a supply of logs from the Adelaide Hills to account for the shortfall caused by the Bundaleer and Bangor fires. This supplementation is likely to continue until new growth can be harvested from the replanted Mid North forests. Bundaleer Forest was the state's first plantation forest, planted in 1876, while the Wirrabara forest followed not long after in 1877. For more information visit

Pictured above, Ed and Luke Morgan, Partners, Morgan Sawmill Jamestown.

Morgan Sawmill is situated on the outskirts of Jamestown, located in the Mid North Region of South Australia. We are 207kms from Adelaide; Jamestown has a population of approx 1,450. Major products of the area include agricultural products, wool, wine and timber.



After almost 5 years, Morgan Sawmill and PIRSA have reached a very successful agreement for Morgan Sawmill to purchase a large portion of the old burnt out Wirrabara Forest Reserve.

Morgan Sawmill has set up a management entity called “Morgan Family Renewables Pty Ltd” which is a management division of the Morgan Family especially entrusted with the future of the forest at Wirrabara.

Although the process is not fully concluded as yet, Morgan Sawmill has now embarked on the task of clearing the burnt plantation areas.

Throughout the next few years we will be clearing and heaping the old forest residues created from the initial bushfire of 2014 combined with the normal debris from plantation forestry. These heaps will be burnt in accordance with the “Morgan Family Renewables Burn Plan” at the commencement of the burning seasons.

To aid in the maintenance of the Wirrabara Forest Reserve, Morgan Family Renewables Pty Ltd have formed several partnerships with local graziers so that the forest floors can be kept in a clean and tidy condition. The vision is to combine forestry with general farming to allow both enterprises to work side by side.

A variety of community and private events are held in the forest each year. All events require the organiser to complete and submit an event application, at least four weeks prior. Applications are reviewed by our forest Ranger and approved on a case-by-case basis

 You can download an Event Application form here