Ironically, large-scale tree plantings of ironbarks have been conducted in western New South Wales by Birds Australia to regenerate threatened bird habitat.
The initial focus on the charcoal logging was the proposal to feed the plant with ironbark trees up to 300 years old from the Goonoo and Pilliga box-ironbark forests, the only significantly sized woodlands left in the state's central west.
This situation is typical throughout the broad arc of woodlands dominated by ironbarks and box trees, which characterise much of the wheat-sheep belt of Victoria, New South Wales and parts of southern Queensland.
This includes such iconic landscapes as the ironbark woodlands of Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales (from which Banjo Paterson's `Man from Ironbark' sprang), the open grassy plains that are lightly treed with various box eucalypts, and the red gum woodlands of the inland rivers.
Dry forests and woodlands dominated by box trees and ironbarks
once covered much of the inland slopes and plains of Victoria.