Sustainable forest management is about balancing all the different ways people use forests with maintaining unique forest features like biodiversity, clean air and water, habitat and cultural heritage. We survey and monitor many aspects of forests over the long term to ensure we are managing them sustainably. The video below on water quality monitoring highlights one example of how this can be done.
Sustainable timber harvesting
Timber is a renewable resource and sustainable forest management ensures we produce enough timber for today and that we also effectively regenerate and re-plant to guarantee timber for future generations. When wood comes from a certified forest, like NSW State forests, you can be assured that it is produced sustainably.
Forest managers are well trained to understand how to maximise the timber we can get from harvesting operations and use science to ensure forest features are protected and the trees will grow back ensuring the forest remains healthy and productive for years to come.
Wood supply modelling
Forestry Corporation maintains strategic wood supply models informed by on-ground inventory plots for native forests. The data from these inventory plots is analysed and used in yield modelling software, which simulates future timber harvesting, growth and regeneration.
The chart below shows Forestry Corporation's strategic wood supply model for high quality sawlogs. Each of the regions shown here was analysed and modelled separately, using locally collected data. Reconciliations of these models and updates of the inventory data are completed regularly and can be viewed here. The north coast yields shown below include both plantation and native forest sources, which are modelled together to ensure harvesting operations can provide an even flow of high quality sawlogs to the local market.