Australia’s first commercial plantation forests were established in South Australia in 1876. Today, the state has a $2 billion industry with 172,000 hectares of softwood and hardwood plantations producing a wide range of timber products for domestic use and export.
Markets for South Australian timber range from premium woodchips used to create paper, textiles and high quality household papers, construction timber for the building industry to fence-posts for our farmers and grape growers.
South Australia harvests 100% of its timber from sustainable plantations. This ensures native forests are protected, and every tree used has been planted specifically for wood production. Plantations also grow on natural rainfall and are not reliant on irrigation. All major forest growers are certified through independently audited certification schemes that ensure the forests are responsibly managed.
Most of these growers and processors operate in the South Australian portion of the Green Triangle – a world renowned timber production region which includes south-east South Australia. Its Mediterranean climate and flat terrain are well suited to all year harvesting using the latest, highly efficient technology.
These plantation forests absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it as carbon, which remains in wood products. About eight million trees are planted in South Australian plantations every year to ensure the cycle of plantation forests continues.