Plantation Grown Timbers as Renewable Resources

Photo Ccourtesy of Lee Foster, Telegraph.

Did you know that we also harvest timbers grown in plantation?

Besides harvesting from natural forests, some timbers are harvested from plantation grown timbers. They are considered as renewable resources providing positive and long-term social, environmental, and economic benefits to our community here in Western Australia. As of today, the Forest Products Commision (FPC) has approximately 108,000 hectares of plantations under its management.

According to FPC, the main plantation species are softwood species that have been planted over many years. This is to reduce Australia’s reliance on imported timbers. For example, radiata pine (Pinus radiata) and maritime pine (Pinus pinaster). Other plantations include WA sandalwood (Santalum spicatum) and various eucalyptus species. FPC plantations are spread over a broad geographic area — from Moora in the north to Esperance in the south.


1. Forest Products Commission.