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.

Responsible Wood (AS 4708:2013) certification

ForestrySA manages plantation land and Native Forest Reserves in the Mount Lofty Ranges and Green Triangle of South Australia for the South Australian Government.

Our integrated Forest Management System covers all processes involved in the management and protection of plantations, native forests and other land use activities.

This system complies with Responsible Wood’s Australian Standard for Sustainable Forest Management (AS 4708:2013), which requires ForestrySA to meet internationally accepted criteria.

Click here to download the most recent AFS Public Summary Report.

More information on Responsible Wood forest management certification is available from the Responsible Wood website.

Defined Forest Area

The Defined Forest Area managed by ForestrySA on behalf of the South Australian Government comprises declared forest reserve and native forest reserve, under the Forestry Act 1950 (SA).

A total of 20,503 hectares is located in the Mount Lofty Ranges and 12,691 hectares in the Green Triangle.

Please see the maps below for further detail regarding the extent and location of Defined Forest Area in both regions.

Forest Management Plans


ForestrySA’s key commercial role is the management of more than 10,500ha 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 to 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.

Responsible Wood certification

Public Summary Report

Our Forest Management System complies with Responsible Wood’s Australian Standard for Sustainable Forest Management (AS 4708:2013), requiring ForestrySA to meet internationally accepted criteria.

Download the latest report

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