There is a vibrant private forest industry in the region in both the growing and processing sectors. It is estimated that private forests within the Northern Rivers Local Government Areas cover a gross area of 631,000 hectares. The region is favoured for wood production with suitable soils, adequate rainfall and a range of climates that can produce a variety of timbers. Large areas of private native forest are managed for timber production and the region has a rapidly expanding plantation resource.


At present there is considerable interest and trials into the use of forest and sawmill residues as bio-fuels.

Research and Resources

The Northern Rivers Private Forestry Development Committee, under the auspices of the Northern Rivers Regional Development Board has undertaken significant research into this sector.

December 2008. An Initiative of Northern Rivers Private Forestry.  Funded by NSW Department of State And Regional Development; NSW Department of Primary Industries; Northern Rivers Regional Development Board.

February 2008.  Prepared for Northern Rivers Private Forestry by Northern NSW Forestry Services.

June 2006. R.L. McGavin, M.P. Davies, J. Macgregor-Skinner, H. Bailleres, M. Armstrong, W.J. Atyeo and J. Norton. Prepared for INR and QLD Department of Primary Industrie and Fisheries.

September 2006.  Authors: The Southern Cross Group of forest researchers and practitioners.  The Southern Cross Group is auspiced by the Northern Rivers Private Forestry Development Committee.

December 2002. A Northern Rivers Private Forestry initiative supported by INR, DSRD and Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry Australia.

Forests of the North Coast. Fact or Fiction?  Education Presentation for Northern Rivers Private Forestry.April 2002. Prepared by Spencer Bruskin, Lesley Schoer and Associates Pty. Ltd.  Sponsored by Invest Northern Rivers.

Wood Property Report on Camphor Laurel. January 2001. Author R.L. McGavin. Report for NRRDB Inc. Plantation Committee.

Identifying the Available Forest Resource in Northern New South Wales and the Potential Investment Opportunities over the Next 5 Years.May 2000. Prepared by Northern NSW Forestry Services. For NRRDB and the New England –North West DB Inc. supported by the Federal Department of Industry Science and Resources.


Growing Wood in Northern NSW. 1999 Author: John Macgregor-Skinner. Supported by NRRDB, New England North West DB, Australia’s Holiday Coast, with funding support provided by the Commonwealth Government’s Farm Forestry Program.

September 1999. Authors Brett J. Stubbs and David M. Cameron. Centre for Coastal Management, Southern Cross University, Lismore in association with Michael O’Neill and Rhonda O’Neill, Northern NSW Forestry Services Pty Ltd, Casino. Jointly funded by Northern Rivers ACC and NRRDB.

Plantations and Farm Forestry Financial Returns and Taxation Issues Seminar. February 1999.Northern Rivers Regional Plantation Committee.Briefing notes for participants.  Supported by Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry NSW. Farm Forestry Program and NRRDB.

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