70 million reasons to celebrate
THE PLANTING of around 70 million trees this winter officially started on 1 June with the official launch of National Forestry Planting Day to mark the start of the planting season for Australia’s forestry plantations.
The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) launched the inaugural day to highlight the mammoth and unheralded task that the plantation industry undertakes every year of planting enough seedlings every winter to cover an area equivalent to 136,000 football fields, or more than 2 seedlings for every Australian.
AFPA Chairman Greg McCormack said the annual event will be celebrated on 1 June (which also heralds the start of winter) every year to mark the start of the seedling planting season across Australia’s plantation estates.
“Australia’s plantations provide more than 80% of the wood fibre and timber for our national forest products industries, which provides 120,000 direct jobs along the whole supply chain – many of them in regional Australia,” Mr McCormack said.
“Every year, our plantation estates grow enough timber to build the equivalent of 60,000 new houses, and that’s only possible because of the massive re-planting exercise they undertake every winter.”
Australia’s forest industries are recognised internationally as truly sustainable and managed to world-class standards. The forest products industry is based on a renewable biological resource that contributes to long-term carbon emissions abatement.