Friday, December 10, 2021

Forest, folk

When we last looked at forests, in August 2012, we saw that Australia was the sixth most forested country. We've had five different prime ministers since then so who knows what state our state forests are in.

Forests Australia page tells you all you need to know. This is the overview:


Australia has a total of 134 million hectares of forest, which is equivalent to 17% of Australia's land area. Of this total forest area, determined as at 2016, 132 million hectares (98%) are 'Native forests', 1.95 million hectares are 'Commercial plantations' and 0.47 million hectares are 'Other forest'. Australia has about 3% of the world's forest area, and globally is the country with the seventh largest forest area.

​Queensland has the largest area of Australia’s forest (51.8 million hectares—39% of Australia’s forest), with the Northern Territory (23.7 million hectares—18%), Western Australia (21.0 million hectares—16%)​, and New South Wales (20.4 million hectares—15%), making up much of the balance.

Integrate Sustainability also has valuable information.

Types of forest in Australia

 Other prolific tree types