Forests and timber in NSW have always been a crucial part of this state’s story and
the backbone of many regional communities. They have created an industry of timber
mills, pulp and paper processers, hauliers and ports that has brought jobs and prosperity to
communities across this state.
Early in this state’s history, through the Forestry Act 1916, it was recognised there was a
need to manage this vital resource to ensure future generations could not only produce the
timber they needed but could also continue to enjoy and appreciate the standing forests.
Over the past 100 years, successive governments have understood and acknowledged
the vital role Forestry Corporation of NSW and its predecessors have played, in balancing
the supply of timber to meet the community’s current needs with conserving the resource
for future generations and maintaining the long term health and biodiversity of the forests.
A century of operations is a significant milestone and I congratulate the many people who
have contributed to the work of Forestry Corporation and the former Forestry Commission
since 1916. The thriving forests and timber industry we see today are a testament to the skill
and professionalism of generations of forest managers.
While forestry has evolved over the past century, the one thing that has endured
is the importance of forests and timber to the people and economy of NSW. The NSW
Government will continue to support a long and vibrant future for Forestry Corporation
and for the state’s sustainable timber industry because the communities that rely on these
industries depend on it.
THE HON NIALL BLAIR MLC
NSW Minister for Primary Industries