Little Wattlebird Plantation Forestry

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Commercial in confidence

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Land management activities:
Conversion of short-term pine plantation to long-term cycle

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Forico is Tasmania’s largest private forestry company, and currently manages over 80,000 hectares of natural forest across the north of the state. Forico runs Forestry Stewardship Council-certified plantation forestry projects, while also managing the natural environment of these areas to enhance biodiversity conservation. Under FSC certification, Forico’s plantations are subject to third-party audits to demonstrate the delivery of high-impact ecosystem services within the plantations.

Forico’s landmark Natural Capital Report was first released in 2020, and provides a systematic accounting framework for the ecological assets – including biodiversity and carbon sequestration – that are under their stewardship. In FY22, plantations under Forico’s stewardship sequestered 4.8 million tonnes of CO2-e.

The project has a lifespan of 25 years, with managed thinning of different species within the plantation area between 8 & 15 years before harvest at 25 years where a CO2 sequestration peak is achieved. The thinning is managed in such a way as to increase productivity of the ecosystem, and to improve carbon sequestration. Post-harvest, the carbon storage is ongoing. Interspersed between the production areas of the plantation, is a mosaic of carbon coupes – areas of natural forest that provide connected habitat for fauna & flora.

Riparian protection practices are also undertaken throughout the estate, resulting in improved water quality and providing sediment control. The project aims to improve the habitat of the Little Wattlebird (pictured above). Coops are dispersed throughout the project area to ensure permanent habitat. Audits are to be conducted in years 1, 8 & 16 of the project to ensure that the wattlebird population is not being adversely affected.

Project Co-Benefits

Sustainable Development Goals

Overview of the Forico plantation.
Undergowth of the managed plantation. The improved soil health from natural fertilisation increased sequestration, while also providing valuable habitat for smaller ground-dwelling species.
At between 8 & 15 years of the 25 year old project lifespan, trees are thinned. The harvest occurs at 25 years, where CO2 sequestration is at a peak. This embodied CO2 remains in the final solid wood products.
Overview of part of the project area post thinning. Every fifth row is removed, and approximately 3 out of 8 trees are removed from each retained row to increase growth and productivity.

Connect with the project team

Lead Contact

Simon Cook
Sustainability Manager


16 Techno Park Drive, Launceston, Tasmania 7250