70 mil­lion rea­sons to cel­e­brate

Australian Forests and Timber - - In the News -

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.

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