Softwood Sector

Softwood timber produced in the region comes from Radiata pine and Southern pine plantations. Radiata pine is grown almost exclusively on public land (State forests) while ownership of Southern pine plantations is split between public and private. The region’s softwood timber industry is concentrated in two localities - on the Northern Tablelands between Walcha and Tamworth, where Radiata pine is grown, and on the Far North Coast between Grafton and Casino where the plantations are all Southern pine. Together these plantation estates yield around 450,000 tonnes of softwood log per year. Processing of softwood timber mostly occurs in large mills located outside the region with logs being transported by both road and rail.


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