The WA plantation industry grows a variety of species for several different purposes. The WA government manages a pine plantation estate providing the principle feedstock for the large local manufacturers. There are two species of pine that are grown commonly in WA, Radiata Pine (Pinus radiata) and Maritime Pine (Pinus pinaster). The major processors of the softwood resource locally include the Wespine sawmill, Laminex particle board plant and Wesbeam LVL plant.
There are also a variety of Eucalypt species grown in plantations in WA. Blue gum (Eucalyptus globulus) is primarily grown as a pulpwood that is harvested, chipped and exported across the globe. Blue gum plantations are found throughout the south-west and blue gum chips are exported through ports in Bunbury and Albany port by several processors.
Beyond the value of high quality timbers used in the production of laminated veneer lumber, particleboard, construction timber and pulp wood for paper products, plantations also have several environmental benefits. Plantations can improve the water quality in a catchment and they can also be planted in areas with high dry land salinity in order to lower the water table. Plantations contribute significantly to the reduction of CO2 in the atmosphere as they are grown, harvested and replanted.
Please see our Members list for contact information for plantation growers and processors.