Forestry Explained

Our Forestry Legacy

Forestry is more than simply the science of planting, managing and caring for timber plantations.

It’s about the landscape that our timber plantations are a part of, the animal and plant species that call the forestry-owned land home and the people and communities that the industry touches.  It’s about developing best practices that are efficient and effective with the lowest environmental and social impact possible, while producing an array of sustainable and versatile end-products.

The forest industry’s legacy in South Africa is far reaching and we, as Forestry South Africa, are proud to be part of it.

Think of Forestry Explained as a beginner’s guide. Here we lay out the basics of forestry and forest products, covering everything from water-use to recreation, pest control to ownership and end-uses. This is a one-stop-shop for the fundamentals of forestry, with links to more detail for those who want to explore the industry further. We hope you find the site helpful and interesting.

National Arbor Month celebrating Forests and Sustainable Cities

New infographic shows how forestry plays a role in sustaining the planet, its people and their prosperity

September 1st saw the launch of National Arbor Month by Deputy Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Ms Maggie Sotyu in Port Elizabeth. This year’s theme is Forests and Sustainable Cities.

Against this year’s theme of Forests and Sustainable Cities, Forestry South Africa (FSA) has compiled an infographic showcasing key areas in which the South African forestry sector and its 1.2 million hectares of commercially farmed trees not only play an important role in South Africa’s economy, but in society and our natural environment.


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