What’s my timber worth?

On this page you will find information and resources to assist in marketing your native forest resource. There are a broad range of products and accessible markets for your timber. It is worth investigating the value of your product and scoping the range of available goods.

Potential timber products on your property:

Sawmill

  • House framing
  • Bearers
  • Joists and beams
  • Trusses
  • Rafters
  • Tongue & groove and shot edge flooring weather boards
  • Chamfer boards
  • Panelling
  • Finish timbers
  • Fence palings
  • Pallet timber

Round Timbers

  • Poles (Aus standard)
  • Piles
  • Girders
  • Treated round timber
  • Round and split posts
  • Marine piles
  • House stumps
  • Property poles
  • Landscaping timbers
  • Hollow logs

Other Products

  • Bark, chip and sawdust
  • Seed
  • Eucalypt leaves
  • Charcoal
  • Firewood
  • Biofuel
  • Wood for turning
  • Paper bark
  • Honey, beehive sites
  • Termite bed
  • Black wattle–boomerang blanks
  • Supple-jack and lignotuber-walking sticks
  • Foliage/flowers, bush tucker

Marketing Guides

This guide provides information on the range of timber products that may be available from your native forests and the options you have to sell them.

The purpose of these guidelines is to outline the specifications that a log must meet in order to be regarded as a compulsory sawlog, and provide procedures to assist accredited cutters and landholders in classifying and presenting different types of sawlogs.

Marketing Articles

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Private native forest production is low cost with a broad range of environmental outcomes. It has a low risk of outright failure due to its uneven age status, broad species and size class mix and widespread distribution. At present it has productivity problems due to poor management over a prolonged period. This has been aggravated by a processing industry largely disconnected from and apathetic to good forest management principles.

The forest product marketing process needs to identify and anticipate customer needs in an efficient and profitable way throughout the forest management cycle. Profitability takes into account all costs – Including the costs that are incurred after harvest and sales, due to the consequences of a poorly managed process.

This is research done by Bill Schulke, previously in research with the Qld DPI and now involved with PFSQ and other NRM organisations.  Here he explores the spotted gum resource in Qld.

“The fundamental rule of productive native forest management is to always leave a forest in a condition that allows it to regenerate and improve its productivity over time”

The better the returns from the sustainable management of our native forests, the more forests will be retained as a viable alternative to other agricultural pursuits that require the clearing of the forests, ie, a better environmental outcome. The simplest, and in the end, most effective value-adding is to ensure that the timber stand is in a healthy, vigorous state with optimum stocking and few defective trees.

Management involving private native forests in Queensland varies widely, with ‘High Grading’ being the most common form practiced ie. harvesting all merchantable stems to a tree diameter limit, usually 35cm. ‘High Grading’ harvests, particularly badly managed ones, leave a stand in a very unproductive state. The residual stand usually comprises a high percentage of defective or suppressed stems that in turn inhibit and suppress the regeneration that may follow. These forests can be brought back into high productivity with selective treatments using high retention standards and optimum spacing regimes for little economic outlay.