Sustainable Hardwoods

Indigenous Timber Supply Chain

 
 
 


Hardwoods of Australia is Dale and Meyers Indigenous Timber supply arm and an associate member of the NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce.   

Hardwoods of Australia exclusively sources its Branch 95 hardwood products from sawmills owned and operated by indigenous Australians.  These sawmills not only provide local indigenous peoples with employment, they are also providing ongoing skills training and development to their employees.

The timber comes from ancient forests, bordering the Southern Pacific Ocean in far North Queensland.  Forests that were managed by the traditional owners of the land for thousands of years.  Generation upon generation lived as guardians of the environment, ensuring new growth under the canopy of Australia’s more exotic foliage.  To this day, their practices of land management are recognised as sustainably forward-thinking and today we can see the benefits through timbers that haven’t been commercially available for 25 years that are being made available again.

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Darwin Stringybark is an extremely durable timber with excellent weathering properties, and therefore, is often used in boardwalks, jetties and bridge construction as well as mining timbers, sleepers, poles, heavy flooring, cladding and decking, as well as ship and boat building.  Darwin Stringybark can be compared with the ever-popular Spotted Gum.

For the first time in a long time, from an ancient forest that has been silently growing, through selective harvesting and an ethical and diverse approach to sustainable timber supply, Branch 95 make this unique species of timber available to the market once more.  Only five trees per hectare are taken and no habitat trees.  

Through this selective harvesting, Branch 95 remove the mature trees before their special qualities as timber and their support of the natural ecosystem expire, opening up the forest canopy to encourage new growth for the coming generations.  They understand the importance of this natural resource and its history, so their harvesting techniques ensure new growth and continued future supply – balancing an eco-system that is ever-changing.

 
 
 

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