Members of Western Australia’s $40-million native sandalwood industry have warned it could collapse under the weight of increased market supply and overharvesting of wild stocks.
- Sandalwood industry and conservation groups are concerned about the future of WA’s native sandalwood industry
- This year, harvest will begin across thousands of hectares of plantation wood growing in the Wheatbelt
- Government says wild harvest quotas will be reviewed before 2026
Each year 2,500 tonnes of the wild or Australian native sandalwood, Santalum spicatum, is harvested from predominately semi-arid and arid rangelands areas of WA.
It is one of the state’s oldest exports, dating back to 1844, and is prized for its oil and by the agarbatti, or…