Western Australia has close to 18 million hectares of forests and woodlands.
The State Government of Western Australia is responsible for managing much of WA's native forests and woodlands. This includes the jarrah and karri of the south-west, the remnant areas of rainforest in the Kimberley, and the Great Western Woodlands, which represents the largest and most intact eucalypt woodland remaining in southern Australia.
February 2001 saw a turning point in managing WA’s south-west native forests, with an end to timber harvesting in all old-growth forests vested in the Conservation and Parks Commission of Western Australia.
Just under 2.3 million hectares of native forest in our State’s south-west region is on lands managed by DBCA. Of this, more than one million hectares of south-west forest is in national parks, conservation parks and nature reserves. When you include the 1.2 million hectares of State forest and timber reserves, the south-west forest area represents a significant investment in protecting the diversity of WA’s unique landscape, flora and fauna.