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Timber Suppliers in Brisbane Reveal Why Australia’s Approach to Responsible Forestry is a Global Model

Timber suppliers from Brisbane outline the Australian approach to responsible forestry and why it is admired across the globe.

Brisbane, QLD, 30 April 2015 - Australia’s approach to responsible forest management is so effective that it has become a global example of how to successfully balance output with environmental concerns. Australia has been at the forefront of environmentally responsible forest management since 1992 when the Australian Government made their Forestry Policy Statement.

In 1998, an official framework was developed and Australia has operated under an “ecosystem approach” to forest management since 2000. It is based on twelve principles that all work to balance a high yield for the timber business with the concept of ecologically sustainable practices.

A sustainable approach is based on intelligent harvesting and replanting. The goal is to keep a negative carbon footprint cycle going while preserving the biodiversity of Australian forests. The ecosystem is kept vital and healthy while still allowing the timber industry to thrive, both nationally and globally.

When timber is harvested responsibly, it represents significant benefits for consumers, timber vendors, the ecosystem and the environment. Trees are harvested when they are mature and no longer in their peak of converting carbon into timber. Trees are replanted in a way that maximises their growth. The replanted trees are soon converting more carbon into more timber, reducing the carbon footprint while preserving the ecosystem and its biodiversity.

The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the World Forestry Congress have both taken note of Australia’s system and are using it as a model of sorts. The Bureau of Rural Sciences in Kingston, ACT, submitted a paper to the World Forestry Congress called, “Sustainable Forest Management and the Ecosystem--An Australian Perspective.” The paper was written by Karl E Rumba, Stuart M Davey and James RL Hoare.

That paper brought the Australian approach to responsible forest management to the forefront of the global community. Since then, Australia has established itself as a leader in harvesting timber without harming the environment.

Eleven out of Australia’s twelve commercial forests operate under the Regional Forest Agreements. The most important accomplishment of these agreements has been the reserve system that has allowed Australia to be a major competitor in the world timber industry while operating under a system that promotes a sustainable lifestyle.

Jack Kyle, owner of Narangba Timbers, one of the leading timber suppliers in Brisbane, is fully onboard with all Government programs promoting sustainable and ethical forestry. According to Mr Kyle: “We have been committed to ethical sourcing of timber from the beginning. We want to leave our children, grandchildren and future generations with an Australia that is even more beautiful and more sustainable than it is now.”

Mr Kyle concluded: “Global warming is a crisis. 85% of the Australian population lives within 50 kilometres of the coast. Half of us live in four major coastal cities. Responsible forestry turns greenhouse gases into timber. It won’t fix the problem by itself, but it’s a great start.”

Narangba Timbers are timber suppliers in the Brisbane area. They carry a wide selection of ethically-sourced timber for residential and commercial use. They are a third-generation, family-owned business that has served Brisbane since 1972. To learn more, visit their retail location, call 1300 795 675 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/.