In September 2018, the federal government unveiled a plan to radically expand Australia’s timber plantations by one billion trees over a decade. Today, less than 1 per cent of that goal has been planted.
“At this rate, forget hitting the 2050 target; it will take 357 years to hit a billion trees,” independent senator Rex Patrick told parliament.
Despite the pledge to grow the national estate, Senator Patrick said plantation land had declined in Australia since a peak of more than two million hectares in 2008.
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