Tackle climate change with wood

“In the long term, a sustainable forest management strategy aimed at maintaining or increasing forest carbon stocks, while producing an annual sustained yield of timber, fibre or energy from the forest will generate the largest (climate change) mitigation benefit.” IPCC 2007 Fourth Assessment Report, Mitigation of Climate Change, UNEP & WMO

It's less than 1% of the total South West forest estate

Each year less than one per cent of the 2.25 million hectares of native forest estate in WA’s South West is sustainably harvested in small mosaic pockets dotted throughout the region, similar to a patch work quilt. Native forest harvested is regenerated over time.

Environmentally sustainable and commercially viable

Working with forest industries to maximise the utilisation of a renewable resource; supporting local communities and regional employment; while returning a dividend to the State of Western Australia.

Forestry news

Contracts for new processing, sales and marketing arrangements for wild Western Australian sandalwood are now open for tender. Acting Forestry Minister Colin Holt announced the launch of the request for proposals process on 13 January 2016. A modified industry structure has been developed through extensive industry and stakeholder consultation and ensures market stability, opportunities for new entrants and prioritising of regional investment. Learn more or read the Minister’s media statement...
The Forest Products Commission will be harvesting portions of the Margaret River pine plantation during May 2015 to January 2016. In the interest of public safety, areas of the plantation will be temporarily closed during this time. Areas designated as off-limits during harvest will be clearly marked by ‘No Unauthorised Access’ signs around the perimeter. Log trucks will also be crossing the Rails to Trails Walking Trail. The public using this walk trail are encouraged to exercise caution in the area. Find out more...
The one year indicative timber harvest plan for 2016 is now available for public comment. The plan has been prepared in accordance with the Forest Management Plan 2014-2023 and in consultation with the Department of Parks and Wildlife. The plan includes a list of native forest coupes which are scheduled to be harvested in full or in part during 2016. Details of the plan, including maps for the northern and southern supply zones, and coupe sawlog volumes are available to download. Learn more...
Forestry Minister Mia Davies has announced the appointment of a new chairman to the Forest Products Commission board. Ross Holt, who was a previous chief executive officer of LandCorp, has recently started in the new position. Click here to view the Minister’s media statement...
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Forestry facts

WA's forest and timber industry has a rich and proud history
Forestry facts image The forest and timber industry in WA has been an important part of life for many South West communities for about 150 years and is still the economic back bone for many South West towns. Forests in WA are managed sustainably to ensure a balance between environmental and socio-economic outcomes and values.
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