Our forest products

Forestry Tasmania’s harvesting operations are focused on producing high quality sawlog, veneer logs and peeler logs – we try to maximise overall value recovery and minimise the production of lower value residue products (e.g. wood that is subsequently chipped for paper production).
 

Forestry Tasmania supplies over 1.4 million tonnes of  forest products to more than 50 customers in Tasmania and overseas.

Forestry Tasmania's products include:


Maximising Product Value
 

We aim to maximise the economic value from all harvested areas. Wood produced from felled trees is segregated into craftwood, special timbers, high quality sawlogs and sliced veneer logs, with the remainder being available as peeler logs, pulpwood and fuel wood. Harvesting contractors are trained and accredited as log classification officers, and are responsible for the appropriate segregation of products. In addition to paying contractors a premium for higher value products, the processes in place to maximise the recovery of wood volume and value include:

 

Residues
 

Wood residues are produced from two sources:

Getting the best possible economic return on residues is essential for the overall viability of the forest industry, and for generating a reasonable return for the State. Like any business, we need to maximise the value of all harvested products – we can’t just sell the premium product while discarding the rest. This applies not just to public forests managed by Forestry Tasmania, but also to private forests. 

The re-opening of the Burnie Chip Export Terminal to native forest residues in March 2014 improved viability for the entire North West forest industry. As well as providing markets for Forestry Tasmania to sell its residues, it has provided an additional source of revenue for local  sawmillers. 

The Tasmanian Government is currently undertaking a process to identify potentially viable options, including on-island processing and use, to cost effectively utilise the harvesting and sawmill residues produced in the south of the state.

 

See Fact Sheet No.11 - Forest products