Plantation grown timbers are a renewable resource, which provide positive and long-lasting social, environmental and economic benefits to the Western Australian community. The Forest Products Commission (FPC) has approximately 108,000 hectares of plantations under its management.
The main plantation species used by industry are radiata pine (Pinus radiata) and maritime pine (Pinus pinaster). These are softwood species that have been planted over many years to help reduce Australia’s reliance on imported timbers. Other plantations include WA sandalwood (Santalum spicatum) and various eucalypt species. The FPC managed plantations are located over a broad geographic area that extends from Moora in the north to Esperance in the south.