Forestry Corporation of NSW is the largest manager of commercial native and plantation forests in NSW.
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 adheres to the values of safety first, balance, accountability, trust and innovation. We are a major force in the state's timber industry which contributes nearly $3 billion to the NSW economy annually.
Forestry Corporation came into being on 1 January 2013 when Forests NSW was corporatised. As a state owned corporation we are publicly owned and under the direction of a skilled commercial board. Forestry Corporation focuses on its core business of growing and harvesting timber to meet the community's needs for hardwood and softwood products while ensuring the environment is protected and the forests offer recreation opportunities for community.
What we do
State forests are managed to ensure the immediate and ongoing production of timber today and into the future while also protecting other forest values such as biodiversity, clean air and water and public access for recreation. Find out more about our forests.
Forestry Corporaiton produces 14 per cent of all timber produced in Australia each year. We harvest 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. We are Australia's largest grower of plantation pine, producing enough timber to construct a quarter of the houses built in Australia each year. Forestry Corporation pays an annual dividend to the State government, which is ultimately returned to the people of NSW, so it is vital that the business is profitable and sustainable into the future. Read about our commercial performance in our Annual Report.
NSW State forests have produced timber for a century and we plan 100 years into the future to ensure there is a sustainable supply. Timber from NSW State forests is certified sustainable, meaning consumers can be assured that the timber is coming from forests that are managed to internationally recognised sustainability standards. Find out more about sustainable forest management.
Timber is a renewable resource and also 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. The combined effect of net annual sequestration of carbon in sustainably managed State forests, combined with the carbon stored in the wood products they produce, is equivalent to taking more than 230,000 cars a year off the road. Read about carbon in forests.
Forests can be our classroom, our neighbour, our running track and our place to play. Forestry Corporation is part of the community an provides free access to thousands of kilometres of forest roads and trails and more than 100 free visitor areas, including camping grounds and picnic facilities. Find out more about visiting forests.
We work with Aboriginal communities throughout NSW to protect more than 3,500 Aboriginal cultural sites, we engage around 9,000 students a year through excursions and events as part of our school education program and we also protect communities from the threat of fire by completing hazard reduction burning and fire fighting in State forests.
Forestry Corporation is a state owned corporation sitting within the NSW Trade & Investment Cluster and reporting to a Board of Directors. From forest-based roles, to jobs in administration, sales and marketing, Forestry Corporation employs 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. Find out about current opportunities or view our organisational chart [PDF 10kB].