Australian Forest Harvest – 22.9 Million m3 in 2014

Australia’s total harvest was 22.9 Mm3 in 2014, up marginally from the prior year. But as the 2015 edition of the Forest & Wood Strategic Review demonstrates, not all species and sectors are experiencing growth.

As expected, the softwood harvest, dedicated to solid wood production, grew, as did the plantation hardwood harvest, which is focussed on the international pulpwood market.  This can be seen in the following chart from the Strategic Review.

Strength in other elements of the harvest cannot hide the ongoing decline in the native forest harvest. The native forest harvest for saw and veneer logs has declined at an average 7.2% per annum over the last decade. Research for the Strategic Review indicates the saw and veneer log harvest from native forests totalled just 1,724 km3 in fiscal 2014, as the chart below shows.

Although there was a modest recovery in the native forest pulpwood harvest, over the last decade, it has declined by an average 10.9% per annum and is less than one third of its peak.

The bright spot for hardwood is of course, the harvest of plantation resource, the vast majority of which is destined for the global pulp market. For the year to the end of June 2014, the plantation hardwood pulpwood harvest was 5,568 km3, a position from which it has continued to grow. As a result, in calendar 2014, Australia’s hardwood chip exports totalled 4,579.2 km3, driven by furiously increasing demand from China, as the chart below shows.

Starting with a thorough analysis of forestry and plantation resources and ownership, the Review details roundwood removals by state and species. It addresses wood chips and logs, including detailed analysis of exports and global pulp markets.

The 2015 Strategic Review builds on IndustryEdge’s ongoing research, analysis and intelligence services, including the monthly Wood Market Edge and monthly Forest & Wood Market Trade Data. In all the Strategic Review includes more than 200 charts and tables, presented in the highest quality.

Sawnwood, including production in each state, per capita consumption and implied interstate trade are covered extensively, as are wood panels, including plywood, particleboard and MDF. Analysis of the paper and paperboard sector and energy and alternative markets are included. Trade data includes comprehensive import and export tables and charts that accompany detailed tables and charts for Australian production and consumption.

Samples from the 2015 edition of the Forest & Wood Strategic Review are available from

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