Forestry facts at your fingertips

28 October 2015

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) today released a new edition of one of Australia’s most popular forestry publications.

ABARES Executive Director, Karen Schneider, said Australia’s forests at a glance 2015 is a pocketbook compendium of data and information about Australia’s forests and forest products industries.

“The pocketbook covers Australia’s forest types, areas and how native forests are conserved and managed. It also includes latest harvesting, production and consumption information,” Ms Schneider said.

“Australia has 124.7 million hectares of forest—122.6 million hectares of native forests and around two million hectares of industrial plantations.

“Australia harvested more than 25 million cubic metres of logs in 2013–14, of which about 4 million cubic metres of logs were harvested from native forests.

“In the decade to 2013–14 there have been many changes to Australia’s forestry sector. These include a 60 per cent decline in the harvest of (predominantly hardwood) native forest logs but a 280 per cent increase in the harvest of (predominantly pulplogs) hardwood plantation logs.

“Softwood plantations continue to provide most of Australia’s total log supply—56 per cent of Australia’s total log harvest in 2013–14 was from these forests.

“Domestic hardwood sawnwood production declined by 44 per cent in the decade to 2013–14, while softwood sawnwood production increased by around 10 per cent.”

Australia’s forests at a glance 2015 complements a suite of ABARES publications that provide a comprehensive profile and outlook for Australia’s forestry and forest products manufacturing sectors.

For a copy or to view other detailed reports produced by ABARES visit ABARES Publications.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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