Research confirms plantations will not replace native forestry
A report developed by respected industry research analysts, Poyry Management Consulting, confirmed that Victoria’s plantation industry is not an alternative to our native forestry industry.
The report stated that:
- Hardwood plantation sawlogs do not have the same wood qualities as native forest sawlogs
- It is impossible to harvest only appearance grade timber without also generating pulp log because both types of timber are produced from the same tree
- Victoria’s hardwood plantation estate is based around Blue Gum, a species which is not sought after for appearance grade products
The review found that plantations sawlogs have smaller dimensions, inherent growth stresses and lower density that native forest logs. This means they are inferior for high quality appearance grade products and leads to higher processing costs for these logs.
Native and plantation forestry complementary
Plantations remain an important source of timber in Victoria. They complement the timber which is produced from our native forests and reduce our reliance on wood and wood products imported from overseas.
However, our plantation estate is unable to replace the type and quality of timber we currently produce from our native forests, in an economically viable and environmentally sustainable way.