ABARES: Australian Plantation Statistics Update
Wednesday 24 Jun 2020
> Australia’s total commercial plantation area in 2018–19 was 1,933,400 hectares. This area is 9,300 hectares (0.5%) less than the area recorded in 2017‒18, and 86,800 hectares (4.3%) less than the area recorded in 2008–09.
> The total area of softwood plantations increased marginally in 2018–19 to 1,039,700 hectares, and accounted for 54% of total commercial plantation area. The total area of hardwood plantations decreased to 884,000 hectares in 2018–19 and accounted for 46% of total commercial plantation area.
> ABARES estimates that a total area of 130,200 hectares (6.7%) of Australia’s commercial plantations was in the fire extent of the 2019–20 bushfires in southern and eastern Australia.
> A total of 2,800 hectares of new plantations were established in 2018–19, comprising 2,750 hectares of softwood plantations and 50 hectares of hardwood plantations.
> A total of 12,100 hectares of Australia’s plantation estate was converted to another land use in 2018–19, comprising 12,000 hectares of hardwood plantations and 100 hectares of softwood plantations.
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