Thirstier Eucalyptus Trees Replacing Pine In South Africa

Forestry Industry Dispute Moves To Courts

10 Apr 2021 by Local Press Report
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The dispute involves large volumes of water sucked up by different plantation tree species and the timber industry’s recent drive to convert more of its plantations from pine trees to gum trees because of changing commercial demand.

The forestry industry claims that the water-use impacts of swapping tree species are largely insignificant or legally protected, but the government and senior water experts note that gum (eucalyptus) trees can use up to 45% more water than pine trees in some areas. Source: Daily Maverick

Source: Daily Maverick