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South West native forests

There are approximately 2.5 million hectares of land vested in the Conservation and Parks Commission in the South West of Western Australia.

The State Government is committed to a balance between the conservation and productive use of forests which is why 62% of the this land is set aside in national parks, reserves, old-growth forests and other areas for the community to use and enjoy. The reserved areas for both jarrah and karri forests are more than double the required area under the national JANIS criteria.

The remaining 38% of land is made up of regrowth forest, plantations and timber reserves which are available for the production of timber.  

Less than 1% of the total native forest area is available for harvest each year, and is then regrown to ensure that it is available for the use of future generations.