Melbourne-based HVP is one of Australia’s largest private timber plantation companies. The company is owned by a combination of Australian, Canadian and US superannuation and investment funds.
The Hancock Timber Resource Group (HTRG), based in Boston, acts as overseeing manager on behalf of investors. HTRG executives also represent US investors on the HVP board.
HVP Plantations estate is situated across areas of southern Victoria, extending from Gippsland in the east to the border with South Australia in the west and large plantations in the north east of the state. The total area of land managed by HVP equates to over 240,000 ha. About 165,000ha of this land is pine and eucalypt plantation.
HVP employs over 700 staff and contractors. The company supplies over 3 million tonnes of wood annually to manufacturing industries. These manufacturing industries are primarily local, the main ones being structural sawn timber, fibre board products, pulp and paper.
HVP also contributes to Australia’s export performance in expanding overseas markets. We supply small sawlogs into Asia using bulk and containerised shipping and through a joint venture business, Softwood Plantation Exporters (SPE) in Geelong, which process plantation pine thinnings and sawmill residues for export.
HVP is the custodian of about 50,000 ha of native forest. As a matter of policy and practice HVP does not harvest native forest. All of this native forest is managed for conservation.
HVP was the first plantation company in Australia to be third-party certified under the internationally recognized Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) process. We are also certified under the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) via the Australian Forestry Standard (AFS), making us the first company to be dual certified.
HVP Plantations is more than just a source of timber for local industry. We are an employer, an economic engine for rural regions, a company committed to protecting the environment, and an organisation that strives to be a good neighbour endeavouring to balance the needs of all of our stakeholders.
Regional distribution of hvp log production - 3 million cubic metres. Graph indicates percentage (%) for each location
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