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.