The region is conveniently located near to the Barakula State Forest, which is the largest cypress pine and hardwood forest in Queensland, and the largest pine forest in the southern hemisphere. Drawing resources from the Cypress Pine State Forest Plantation reserves to the north and south of Roma, the region supports five major cypress pine mills. Cypress timber, with its natural termite resistance properties, makes it a highly sought after natural timber product and a highly valued commodity for the Maranoa region.