Private native forestry

There is a long tradition of timber production in Queensland's native forests, and an increasing opportunity for private native forests to provide income to landholders while supplying a wood resource to the timber industry.

Private native forests in Queensland are extensive, covering more than 10 million hectares across the state, but most are low-yielding. They play an important role in supplying the state’s timber processing sector with:

  • more than 50% of the hardwood (several tree species)
  • almost 10% of the white cypress pine (Callitris glaucophylla), a softwood.

Most of this land’s management combines forestry and grazing in a mutually beneficial way, using silvopastoral systems.

Selective harvesting practices are applied, although in many forests tree harvesting that was not followed-up with silvicultural treatment has resulted in relatively low productivity. Unchecked regrowth has also slowed the growth of trees in the stand. Reduced understorey and grass cover makes some forests prone to increased erosion during Queensland's high-intensity rainfall events.