Native Western Australian sandalwood (Santalum spicatum) occurs naturally in the southern half of the State extending south from the Hamersley Ranges to the coast and east towards the border of South Australia. Natural stands of sandalwood were common in the Wheatbelt before agricultural clearing, but today the harvesting is mainly confined to the Rangelands.
While the sandalwood industry is over a century old, the export of wood and oil has continued to be a most lucrative market for Western Australia. It is used in a wide range of products including incense, perfumes, soaps and cosmetics.
The Forest Products Commission (FPC) is responsible for the commercial harvesting, regeneration, marketing, and development of the sandalwood industry – both in plantations and natural resource areas throughout the State.
The FPC is currently reviewing its industry strategy and we have appointed Stantons International to coordinate an independent stakeholder consultation process. Have your say about the future of the wild sandalwood industry in Western Australia.
Resources and links
- The good oil – Western Australian sandalwood (6.23MB PDF)
Source : Forest Products Commission WA