This quote from a native forest sawmiller pretty much sums up for me why the forest industry in Australia is in such a crisis!
Sure, it’s historical.
It comes from having a forest industry that up until 20 years ago was almost 100% Government run.
Why would anyone other than Government, take responsibility for growing the industry?
That is what the sawmiller meant when he said “they”. Politicians plant trees! Sawmillers cut them down! A complete absence of personal responsibility!!
And that attitude is still the dominant attitude within the forest industry in Australia, even when most timber now grown and harvested in Australia is privately owned.
Here we are in the 21st century and no one in the forest industry in Australia takes any responsibility for ensuring the industry’s future.
And when I say forest industry here I mean anyone whose business relies on wood, from retailers, craftspeople and manufacturers all the way back to loggers and sawmillers.
It is the job of the marketplace to ensure the forest industry has a future, not politicians or taxpayers.
This means an end to Welfare Forestry and a focus on profitable tree growing.
It also means a complete change of attitude and thinking within the industry.
And it means building strong enduring relationships with rural communities.
So when do we begin?