Community, environment and industry
Forestry Corporation of NSW has been managing environmental sustainability, tourism and renewable timber production in NSW’s State-owned commercial native and plantation State forests for more than a century.
We balance environmental conservation and community recreation with timber production and access for other primary industries such as grazing and beekeeping to ensure our forests sustainably deliver multiple benefits to the community for the long term.
Our team of specialist staff:
- permanently protect a million hectares for wildlife and conservation
- welcome millions of visitors a year
- harvest less than one per cent of native State forests each year to produce renewable timber for a range of purposes.
We are independently certified to the Australian Standard for Sustainable Forest Management and, as a state owned corporation, have an independent Board of Directors and deliver an annual financial return to the people of NSW.
Forestry Corporation produces around 14 per cent of the timber produced in Australia annually and is a major player in the Australian wood products industry, which employs 22,000 people in NSW and adds $2.4 billion a year to the economy.
Our Softwood Plantations Division manages Australia’s largest softwood plantation estate, responsible for more than 230,000 hectares of pine plantations in the central west, south and north of NSW. Our Hardwood Forest Division manages around 40,000 hectares of hardwood timber plantations and has stewardship of two million hectares of coastal native forests, cypress forests and red gum forests.
Our purpose is to grow sustainably, manage profitably and meet the needs of our changing world. We value innovation, integrity and the wellbeing of our people and communities.
Respect for Country, community, customers, suppliers and one another is at the forefront of all that we do.
Sustainability has always been a core principle underpinning our forest management.
As a business that relies on continually producing timber and other products and services from the same land, the sustainability of the forests we manage is fundamental to our long-term success.
Sustainability is built into every aspect of our business, from environmental management to community partnerships, staff wellbeing and profitability. Our sustainability framework sets out our key focus areas and we publish detailed data on our website and in our annual sustainability snapshot each year.
Forestry Corporation continues to meet the environmental, social, economic and sustainability criteria of the Australian Standard for Sustainable Forestry Management (AS4708:2013) and Environmental Management System (ISO 14001:2004).