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Step 4 - Ensure sustainability

Actively managing the harvest and regeneration levels of wild Western Australian sandalwood is essential for the ongoing sustainability of the industry. High levels of harvesting prior to regulation in 1929 combined with continuing disruptions to the natural landscape - the localised extinction of marsupials and grazing from feral animals and livestock - contribute to regeneration challenges. The Department of Parks and Wildlife considered these factors as well as the high levels of representation of wild Western Australian sandalwood within conservation reserves, which are not available for harvest, in setting the current licence quota at 2,500 tonnes per year.  

  • The Forest Products Commission will invest in evidence based research to improve methodologies to improve regeneration of Western Australian sandalwood.
  • A Biodiversity Management Program for wild Western Australian sandalwood will be developed with the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

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