ABARES Forest Sciences section compiles, analyses and maintains national spatial and non-spatial forest datasets, and performs analysis and provides scientific advice and reporting, across a range of topics relating to forests and forest resources.
Those include forest ecology, silvicultural systems, sustainable yield, Regional Forest Agreements, threatened species, illegal logging, and national, regional and state-based forest issues.
National Forest Inventory
The data are stored in Australia’s National Forest Inventory (NFI), which was established in 1988 to enable the production of nationally consistent and comprehensive information on Australia’s forests.
The NFI is the repository for a range of data about Australia’s forests, supplied by state, territory and Australian government agencies, and integrated into national classifications.
Data from the NFI are used for public communication of information about Australia's forests, including in the Australia’s State of the Forests Report series, via the Forests Australia website, and internationally including for the global Forest Resources Assessments coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and for the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.