Native timber is used for appearance grade timbers such as floors, doors, stairs and indeed the lining of the new State Parliament annex in Melbourne.
Plantation forestry is a vital part of our industry, providing the softwood for housing timber framing and woodchips for making paper and packaging.
Timber can only be harvested from multiple use production forests, i.e. state and regional parks, plantations and forests located on private land.
Victoria has over 8 million ha of forests in public land tenure, of which half are conservation estate and unavailable for timber production and a further 1.5 million ha of forests on private land.
The Victorian commercial hardwood and softwood plantation estate (Tasmanian blue gum and pinus radiata) is the largest of any state or territory, with approximately 418,000 hectares or 22 per cent of the national plantation estate.
The industry generates $730 million in direct economic activity to Victoria and $6.1 billion in total economic output.
The Victorian forest products industry employs 21,000, mostly in regional Victoria. Around one third are employed mostly in secondary processing within Greater Melbourne.
Victoria harvests three plantation trees in 10,000. All plantation trees are replanted after harvest.
Victoria harvests four native trees in every 10,000. As required by law, all harvested native forest areas are regenerated.