Frequently Asked Questions
How can you tell if timber is responsibly sourced?
Deciding whether a timber product has been sourced in a sustainable way can be difficult. Ask your timber supplier about the source of the timber and ensure you are comfortable with the answer. Where the wood is from is often more important than the timber species itself. If you know a piece is recycled, or sourced from farm forestry, or salvaged, then you can be more certain it is sustainable than if you do not have that information.
How can I choose the best timber for my application?
Ask your timber supplier where the timber is from. It is very important to know the source of the timber and to only buy from a trusted supplier.
Of all the timber certifications in Australia, the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification is the most environmentally rigorous.
If in doubt, choose FSC timber grown in Australia or New Zealand. For a detailed Timber Products Guide, which recommends specific brands and timbers refer to the Mullum Creek Timber Products Guide.
What is Farm Forestry?
Farm forestry incorporates commercial tree growing into farming systems, and includes plantations and native forests on farms. Through the use of a strategic location in the landscape, farm forestry can:
• simultaneously address multiple issues, making it a cost-effective public investment
• provide landholders with an alternative source of income from wood and non-wood products
• improve agricultural production by providing shelter for livestock and crops.