Australian Plantation Forestry Project
Project Snapshot

Sustainable forestry for the future

Using pine plantations to sequester carbon, support local communities and build a resilient forestry industry for regional Australia.

Location

Victoria State, Australia

Project type

Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use

Project size

574 Hectares

Annual Projected Emissions Reductions

19,082 tCO2-e

The Challenge

Since 2007, Australia’s forestry industry has seen a decline in new plantation forests, and Australia’s national plantation estate is gradually diminishing.

With the phase out of incentives from older managed forest investment schemes, rising production costs, difficult market conditions and attractive sale values, land is transitioning from carbon-sequestering plantations into to fallow or agricultural land.

With the phase out of incentives from older managed forest investment schemes, rising production costs, difficult market conditions and attractive sale values, land is transitioning from carbon-sequestering plantations into to fallow or agricultural land. Australia is losing plantation forests and subsequently a timber asset that will be much needed as the demand for sustainable housing increases.

Single species forest plantations on short rotation sequester a minimal amount of carbon and can negatively impact biodiversity and other ecosystem services when compared to more diverse mixed species and native forests. However, the forestry industry is an important employer and contributor to the local and national economies, and innovative models must be explored to ensure the industry can become more sustainable, and contribute to national community and economic outcomes in the future.

Our solution

Over the next 15 years, we aim to work with Australian forestry producer OneFortyOne, to take innovative approaches to sustainable plantation management that improve rates of carbon sequestration in the landscape and implement more sustainable land management practices.

This will be undertaken by providing carbon finance for the establishment of new single species plantations on unused land and convert shorter-rotation forests towards a longer harvest cycle – meaning trees are in the ground for longer, and more carbon is removed from the atmosphere than would normally occur.

A OneFortyOne employee monitors seedling health.

WeAct team overseeing seedling transfers.

Key Outcomes

Although single species plantation forests do not contribute to biodiversity outcomes as significantly as mixed species or native forests, they nevertheless contribute to important environmental, social and economic outcomes for the local region and national market.

Climate Action

This project will sequester 289,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide across 574 hectares of pine forest plantations over the life of the project.

Ecosystem Services

This project will support ongoing enhancement of regional ecosystem services including:

  • Improved below and above-ground soil health and water filtration;
  • Landscape resilience and regional temperature stability; and
  • Habitats and feeding grounds for birds, bats, small mammals, insects and fungi.

Community & Economic Development

This project will strengthen communities and livelihoods in south-western Victoria. These impacts include support for:

  • safe and stable employment in the region, which support the longevity of local communities.
  • forestry and manufacturing industries that contribute to the local economy and provide valuable timber products for the wider Australian housing market.

Car on road between plantations

Geography

Situated in a region known as the ‘Green Triangle’, this project currently covers 574 hectares of plantation forest, planted on 15 separate CEA sites within the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment in the south-west region of the state of Victoria, Australia.

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