Forest management of fast-growing industrial wood plantations requires application of sound business principles and good forestry technology, to ensure a sustainable, value-adding and profitable wood supply is available, for the manufacture of diverse and globally competitive forest products. This is challenging from plantations that form part of a mosaic of land use and are part of a wider rural development.
Research in this area encompasses the technical aspects of best practice in forestry operations and their integration, to ensure a sustainable supply of wood that is environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable. Improved efficiency in the supply chain is critical to support the forestry sector remaining competitive in an increasingly global market place for forest products. Research projects are focused on specific technical aspects, and also on improving their integration across the forestry supply chain.