Tasmania is a heavily forested state. Just over half of the total area of forest in Tasmania is held in reserves for conservation.
The Permanent Timber Production Zone land, set aside for the production of forest products, constitutes approximately 12 per cent of the total land area of Tasmania. Of this area approximately half is production forest, with the remainder in reserves and non-production forest areas.
The main broad forest types in Tasmania are: wet eucalypt, dry eucalypt, rainforest and blackwood forests.
The majority of the area available for wood production is native forest. This native forest provides high-quality eucalypt sawlogs and veneer logs, peeler logs and pulpwood as well as non-eucalypt special timber species such as myrtle, celery-top pine, blackwood, sassafras and silver wattle.
In addition to growing and harvesting our forests, Sustainable Timber Tasmania maintains a forest health surveillance program to detect new or emerging forest health problems. This includes management of pests and diseases in plantations. After a problem is identified, our scientists work with field officers to further investigate issues and develop effective controls.
Further information on where different forest types occur can be found on DPIPWE's TASVEG digital vegetation map of Tasmania.