Forestry has a rich history in South Australia, dating back to the first tree plantings in 1875.
|1873||Forest Trees Planting Encouragement Bill is issued to stimulate tree planting in South Australia.|
|1875||First Forestry Board appointed, chaired by G.W. Goyder.|
|1875||South Australia’s first tree plantings begin at Bundaleer in the state’s Mid North, followed by Wirrabara and Mount Gambier.|
|1882||South Australian Woods and Forests Department is formed.|
|1899||Planting begins at Kuitpo in the Mount Lofty Ranges.|
|1902||Milling begins at Wirrabara.|
|1907||Planting of large areas of Radiata pine begins in the Green Triangle.|
|1910||South Australian Government land purchases for forestry reaches 45,290 hectares.|
|1931||Government-owned sawmill at Mount Burr in the state’s South East, begins operation.|
|1935||South Australian Forestry Royal Commission.
Expansion of plantation area.
Reservation and management of native forest areas.
|1939||Zinc deficiency in soils identified as cause of extensive dieback and later rectified.|
|1941||First annual surplus of income over expenditure payment to South Australia Treasury.|
|1957||Particle board production begins in South Australia.|
|1958||Eight employees die while fighting a forest fire at Wandilo in the Green Triangle.|
|1970||Implementation of solutions to reverse second rotation productivity decline.|
|1973||ForestrySA stops clearing of native forest for new plantation establishment, well ahead of the South Australian Government’s Native Vegetation Act in 1985.|
|1983||A total of 21,000 hectares of pine plantation is destroyed in Ash Wednesday fires. Thousands of tonnes of log is salvaged and stored in Lake Bonney, near Millicent in the Green Triangle.|
|1985||Native Vegetation Act stops the clearing of native forest in South Australia.|
|1993||State-owned sawmills sold to Carter Holt Harvey.|
|2001||Corporatisation of Woods and Forests occurs. South Australian Forestry Corporation established, trading as ForestrySA.|
|2004||ForestrySA becomes certified to Australian Forestry Standard (AFS) AS 4708.|