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South West native forests

There are approximately 2.25 million hectares of native forest in the south-west of Western Australia.

The State Government is committed to a balance between the conservation and productive use of these forests which is why 62% of the state’s native forests are 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 the forest has been previously harvested and is available for the production of timber. After every harvesting operation, the forest is then regrown to ensure that it is available for the use of future generations. 

Less than 1% of this area is available for harvest each year.