Private Native Forestry
Jamax Forest Solutions manages the harvesting and sale of the complete range of log products from Private Native Forestry operations on private property across the north coast of NSW to optimise the utilisation of the forest, leave the forest in a healthier growing state and to maximise the financial returns to the landowner.
Specialising in north coast forest management, Jamax Forest Solutions is the trusted provider of private native forestry services. Jamax currently employs six professional native forest timber harvesting crews and a native plantation thinning operation, all of which operate exclusively on private property across the north coast.
Private Native Forestry operations
High-value poles being loaded at a Jamax-managed PNF harvesting operation.
In the case of a native forest
harvesting operation, Jamax normally undertakes the following services for the
(a) applies for and negotiates the conditions of a Private Native
Forestry Property Vegetation Plan (PNF PVP) with the EPA, if the landowner has not already done so.
the need for and, where necessary, obtain any other necessary approvals from
other government agencies, e.g. Council;
a Forest Operations Plan (plan for the roading and/or harvesting) for the
property in accordance with the Private Native Forestry Property Vegetation
Plan (PNF PVP) for the property;
the available timber to the full range of timber processors to achieve the
highest residual stumpage for each log product for the landowner and the best
utilisation of all log products;
and prepares Sales Agreements with timber processors;
with and engages suitably qualified roading, harvest and haulage contractors;
roading operations in accordance with the Forest Operation Plan;
harvesting operations in accordance with the Forest Operation Plan.;
supply of timber products to timber processors;
timber processors, manages debtors and pay contractors (and yourself); and
the environmental performance of contractors and establishes revenue safeguards
Jamax’s commission is a fixed percentage of the
residual stumpage for these services.
Using a straight percentage
of the residual stumpage across all products provides the right incentives for
Jamax to maximise the returns to the landowner, as the more money that Jamax generates for the landowner,
by maximising utilisation in the bush and ensuring each log yields its maximum
value, maximises the returns for both parties.
Similarly, each harvesting contractor is paid based on a hierarchical rate structure that mirror the relative value of each log product, providing further positive incentives to maximise the landowner's returns.
Many private native forests on the north coast of NSW have been "high graded" in the past, meaning they have typically only been very selectively harvested by a mill's own logging crew. Generally, when a mill undertakes a harvesting operation, the mill will only take what the mill itself can use. In most cases, that means the operation will only produce sawlogs and often only the particular species that the mill likes.
Such a light selective harvest where only the best trees are removed doesn't open the stand up sufficiently to encourage good regeneration and the forest stagnates. After a series of such operations where the best trees (and then the next best tree from the previous operation) are continually removed, the forest is ultimately downgraded.
A proper understanding of forest ecology, silviculture, stand dynamics and access to the full range of markets for your timber is essential to not only maintain but to enhance the health of your forest.
Jamax's harvesting operations supplies log products to a broad base of customers from south of Sydney to north of
Gympie, QLD. Jamax's operations are fully integrated and we have a customer
for most log products that a tree is capable of producing, so very little gets
We currently produce and sell poles, piles, girders, high quality large
(quota) and small (thinnings or smalls) sawlogs, salvage sawlogs, fencing and
mining timber, firewood and domestic pulpwood.
"The money is great, but it's even better to be associated
with people that one can trust and respect. In a partly dishonest world,
that's always a wonderful thing to experience.
Thanks for your organising skills and thanks for your
commitment to fair dealing."
Jim, PNF landowner, Nov 2015
"Really appreciated the professional services provided by Jamax Forest Solutions and Steve in harvesting our native timber forest in 2017.
After a number of years investigating options for harvesting we had a meeting with Steve at his office. My wife and myself were very impressed at this meeting with the Steve’s knowledge, openness and experience in handling the harvest operation. Through to final harvest this month our trust in Steve has been to fully justified. Documentation has been complete and prompt each month as have all payments into our bank account.
Handling a harvest like ours requires a professional like Steve and we are of the firm opinion using Steve provided a much superior return without the headaches of having to manage the operation ourselves."
Jason and Richard Blomfield, PNF landowner, July 2017
"we can see the forest through the trees!!"