I’ve heard we’d have to import timber if we stopped logging.
This is a lie the logging industry lobby groups and some politicians tell us. They never say that Australia has enough plantation wood to meet all our timber and paper needs. It’s not a case of our native forests or another country’s. Plantations are the logical alternative to cutting down native forests.
This is not true. Actually, Australian plantations can supply almost all of our wood needs. The graph below shows that plantation wood is not only displacing native forest wood products in the Australian market, but also the small amount of wood imports from overseas. Plantations can also supply all of our woodchips needed inside Australia and for the huge export woodchip market to Japan and China.  Ajani j 2011