Increasing Resource Availability and Reducing Risk

This program aims to increase the availability of wood fibre to support an expanding market and associated manufacturing capacity.

Increased resource availability is most likely to come from improved productivity and utilisation of the existing plantation and government-owned native forest estate. There are opportunities to expand production forests through greenfield plantations, especially in conjunction with the farm sector, and to expand the privately-owned native forests under management.

Research that is focused on improved genetics for existing and potential commercial species, better site selection, management inputs and practices, and the commercial and social operating environments can help increase the productivity of the current estate, improve integration with other land-uses, and reduce the impediments to an expanded estate.