INNOVATE, PROTECT, PRESERVE
In the late 1990s, the Forestry Department of Western Australia began to grow East Indian Sandalwood trees as part of a global conservation program. Over the years and with the support of our Research and Development Centre, we have developed methods to help Sandalwood adapt and thrive under Australian climate conditions.
We collected the seeds of our “elite” trees and created a seed orchard. Today, we are able to solely plant the healthiest and most diverse seeds from this orchard, naturally improving the oil quality and yield of our East Indian Sandalwood trees.
Our plantations are surrounded by savanna woodlands, with monsoonal rain during the wet season. To secure its biodiversity, our plantations offer habitat, food and protection to wildlife under otherwise harsh environments. Moreover, our irrigation system has created an ecosystem that attracts the most famous wildlife of Western Australia –crocodiles, wallabies and others.
We have been taking measures to limit and continuously strive for the lowest possible carbon footprint. Our steam distillation process, for example, only uses natural gas for the boilers. Furthermore, a hydroelectric power station generate a reliable source of energy for the local community in Kununurra in Western Australia.