Wild Sandalwood Harvesting on Crown lands (2016 - 2026)

Project
Proposal description: 

The Wilderness Society of WA Inc. referred this proposal to the EPA on the basis of there being no management plan for the wild sandalwood industry, and concerns about the sustainability of the sandalwood industry. The Forest Products Commission of Western Australia (FPC) proposes to undertake the commercial harvesting of wild sandalwood (Santalum spicatum) from Crown lands at a rate of up to 1125 tonnes per year of green sandalwood and 1125 tonnes per year of dead sandalwood, for a period often years pursuant to annual licences granted by the Department of Parks and Wildlife (Parks and Wildlife) under the Sandalwood Act 1929. The proposal is consistent with the new Sandalwood (Limitation of Removal of Sandalwood) Order (No. 2) 2015, gazetted on 29 December 2015, which has set a reduced annual wild sandalwood harvest quota of 2500 tonnes per annum from 1 July 2016 until 31 December 2026. The maximum 'green' wood harvest will be 1250 tonnes per annum of which 90% (1125 tonnes) will be sourced from harvesting on Crown lands by the FPC.

Referred under EP Act: 
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Industry sector: 
Last updated: 
08 August 2016
Current Status: 
Decision on whether to assess has been published
Decision on whether to assess has been published