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:


  • 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. 

Sam Slack attended field days and farm management courses from when he was eleven and formed his philosophy on timber production from a broad field of information. As the family farm had large areas of standing timber, value adding that resource and broadening the enterprise base of the family business was a logical progression. Sam quickly realised the importance of good forest management in maintaining productivity to ensure their future resource and has incorporated this philosophy into a business the whole family is involved in.

“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.

This report discusses the rationale for thinning the forest, the potential productivity of the stand, pre- and post-harvest. It also discusses the future management that may be adoptedby the owner and provides an analysis of the costs and benefits of thinning and looks at the products from the thinning operation and their marketing.The results of this trial clearly show the need for thinning for this stand to be productive, and indicates the considerable cost/benefits in the operation.

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.