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Australian Forests and Timber - - In The News -

• Aus­tralia's forests pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits for Aus­tralians and con­trib­uted more than $23.7 bil­lion in to­tal for­est prod­ucts man­u­fac­tur­ing to the econ­omy in 2015-16

• Soft­wood plan­ta­tions con­tinue to sup­ply most of Aus­tralia's sawlogs—81 per cent of Aus­tralia's to­tal sawlog har­vest in 2015–16 was from these forests

• Aus­tralia's forests at a glance 2017 finds Aus­tralia has 122.6 mil­lion hectares of na­tive for­est, of which 36.6 mil­lion hectares are avail­able and suit­able for com­mer­cial wood pro­duc­tion

• Aus­tralia's com­mer­cial plan­ta­tions cover around two mil­lion hectares, of which about half are soft­wood species (1,036,800 hectares) and half are hard­wood species (928,300 hectares)

AREVEALING snap­shot of Aus­tralia’s forestry in­dus­try, re­leased to­day by the Aus­tralian Bureau of Agri­cul­tural and Re­source Eco­nom­ics and Sci­ences (ABARES), has shown its enor­mous con­tri­bu­tion to re­gional Aus­tralia.

As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Re­sources Se­na­tor Anne Rus­ton said Aus­tralia’s forests at a glance 2017 – a pock­et­book com­pen­dium – pro­vided a range of use­ful in­for­ma­tion on wood har­vest­ing, pro­duc­tion and con­sump­tion of wood prod­ucts and em­ploy­ment in the forestry and wood prod­ucts in­dus­tries, for­est cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and codes of prac­tice.

“Aus­tralia’s forestry in­dus­try is vi­tal to Aus­tralia’s re­gional com­mu­ni­ties, em­ploy­ing more than 64,000 peo­ple,” Min­is­ter Rus­ton said.

“Our forestry in­dus­try achieved a record to­tal log har­vest of more than 30 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres in 2015-16, worth more than $2.3 bil­lion.

“Ex­ports of wood prod­ucts are now val­ued at over $3 bil­lion dol­lars an­nu­ally and growth in de­mand for Aus­tralia’s sus­tain­ably man­aged tim­ber and wood prod­ucts has re­sulted in a record har­vest of soft­wood and hard­wood plan­ta­tion logs.”

The re­lease of the book­let

co­in­cides with the re­lease of Aus­tralia’s Forestry In­dus­try 2017 map, which pro­vides a de­tailed snap­shot of the forestry in­dus­try, in­clud­ing the lo­ca­tion of ma­jor wood pro­cess­ing fa­cil­i­ties, na­tive for­est ten­ure, hard­wood and soft­wood plan­ta­tions, as well as roads and forestry ports.

“The map also in­cludes in­for­ma­tion on sawmills, his­tor­i­cal and pro­jected na­tional sawlog avail­abil­ity in a sim­ple and easy to un­der­stand way that can as­sist in plan­ning, scop­ing re­gional in­dus­try and de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Min­is­ter Rus­ton said.

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