Plantation forestry

Forest certification

ForestrySA is strongly committed to the economic, environmental and social aspects of sustainable forest practice as set out in its Policy for Sustainable Forest Management.

Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) certification

ForestrySA manages plantation land and Native Forest Reserves in the Mount Lofty Ranges and Mid North of South Australia for the South Australian Government. ForestrySA has an integrated Forest Management System that covers all processes involved in the management and protection of plantations, native forests and other land use activities.

The Forest Management System complies with the Australian Forestry Standard (AS 4708-2013), which requires ForestrySA to meet internationally accepted criteria for sustainable forest management. The Forest Management System is certified under the Australian Forestry Standard (AS 4708-2013), which requires ForestrySA to meet internationally accepted criteria for sustainable forest management. ForestrySA’s Mount Lofty Ranges region is certified to the Australian Forestry Standard (AFS). The Mid North Forest is no longer AFS certified, but continues to be managed in accordance with ForestrySA’s Forest Management System.

For a copy of the most recent AFS Public Summary Report please send us an email.

More information on AFS forest management certification is available from the Australian Forestry Standard website.

Defined Forest Area

The Defined Forest Area that ForestrySA manages for the South Australian Government in the Mount Lofty Ranges region of South Australia comprises 15,250 hectares of declared Forest Reserve and 4,203 hectares of declared Native Forest Reserve under the Forestry Act 1950 (SA).

Included is 1,089 hectares of land that is subject to a Memorandum of Understanding with SA Water dated 28 September 2009 that enables ForestrySA to manage Reservoir Reserves in the Mount Lofty Ranges for commercial timber production. The total Defined Forest Area is 20,540 hectares. The attached map provides further detail of the extent and location of the Defined Forest Area.

Forest Management Plans


ForestrySA’s key commercial role is the management of some 10,000 hectares of commercial pine plantation in South Australia’s Mount Lofty Ranges. An annual replanting program ensures sustainable production into the future.

Forest operations

ForestrySA conducts various forestry operations throughout the forest over the course of the year.

Harvesting, transport and associated roading operations occur throughout the whole year at various locations across the plantation estate. Firefighting occurs throughout the Fire Danger Season (typically November – April) and as required.

We have a well-established neighbour notification system in place and will contact neighbouring landowners who may be impacted by an operation, either via letter or direct contact. We always endeavour to provide each neighbour with sufficient notice before a forest operation begins.

If you are one of our neighbours and have not received notification, please call 8724 2888 or get in touch via email.

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