Defining a Forest
The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) defines a forest or forest land as;
- At least 1.0 hectare of trees in any individual area (can include woodlots).
- Comprises a forest species capable of reaching five metres in height at maturity in the place they are growing
- Is planted at or at a stocking density that has the ability to exceed a tree crown cover of more than 30% on each hectare
Not eligible for inclusion in the ETS include:
- Tree species grown primarily for the production of fruit and nut crops.
- A forest of native (indigenous) species which existed before 1990.