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As of 1 January 2013 Forests NSW became a state owned corporation, the Forestry Corporation of NSW. Find out more about the corporatisation
Who we are
Forestry Corporation of NSW is the largest manager of commercial native and plantation forests in NSW. Managing more than two million hectares of forests for the economic, environmental and social benefit of the people of NSW and Australia, Forestry Corporation of NSW adheres to the values of integrity, collaboration, respect, innovation, customer and stakeholder focus, safety and sustainability.
As a state owned corporation, Forestry Corporation will remain publicly owned and the nature of the business and business relationships will remain largely the same but the governance structures will change to improve the organisation’s commercial performance. We are a major force in the state’s timber industry which contributes nearly $1 billion to the NSW economy annually. As a state owned corporation under the direction of a skilled commercial board, Forestry Corporation will be able to focus sharply on its core business of growing and harvesting timber to meet the community’s needs for hardwood and softwood products while still providing recreational opportunities for the people of New South Wales.
What we do
Forestry Corporation of NSW is committed to ensuring a supply of timber from NSW State forests today and into the future while also protecting other forest values such as biodiversity, clean air and water and public access for recreation. We are committed to running a safe and profitable business for the people of NSW.
State forests are managed to ensure the immediate and ongoing production of timber. We are currently harvesting over 2.5 million cubic metres of logs and over 2 million tonnes of pulpwood annually. This timber goes into making products that all of us use on a day-to-day basis.
Forestry Corporation of NSW pays an annual dividend to the State government, so it is vital that the business is profitable and sustainable into the future.
Timber is a renewable resource that stores carbon. Our forests currently store more than four million tonnes of carbon and this carbon remains in the timber, even after it has been harvested and turned into household items such as tables, timber frames and floorboards.
Timber from NSW State forests is certified sustainable meaning consumers can be assured that the timber is coming from forests managed for sustainability to internationally recognised standards.
Forestry Corporation of NSW is acutely aware of the potential dangers of working in and around forests and is firmly committed to a zero harm safety record. This applies to all our Forestry Corporation of NSW employees, contractors, customers, volunteers, stakeholders and the general public who use the forests for recreation.
Forestry Corporation of NSW and WorkCover NSW have developed a joint safety tool that provides guidelines to minimise incidents. People using the forests can be assured that all is being done to reduce any potential risks to you and your family.
Forests can be our classroom, our neighbour, our running track and our place to play. Forestry Corporation of NSW acknowledge their important role in ensuring that forests remain a safe place of wonder and joy for all of us.
There are a number of programs designed to build relations between the community and their forests. These range from volunteer and education programs, conservation activities, tours and the ‘good neighbour program’ that highlights how to live next to a forest.
From forest-based roles, to jobs in administration, sales and marketing, as well as in nurseries, Forestry Corporation of NSW employs approximately 800 people throughout NSW. Our staff and their families contribute to communities throughout NSW, and are proud to play their part as custodians of our forests.
Forestry Corporation of NSW Annual Reporting
Forestry Corporation of NSW produces an annual report that outlines the social, environmental and economic performance for the financial year. This report highlights results for all of our business units from sales, planting/harvesting, our safety record, financial performance, opportunities and challenges as well as providing a comparison to the last five years.
Forestry Corporation of NSW publications
Forestry Corporation of NSW produces a number of publications relating to all aspects of the business. Copies of these publications are downloadable from the relevant section of this website.
Forestry Corporation of NSW is a state owned corporation sitting within the NSW Trade & Investment Cluster.