Plans by the New South Wales government to sell off the state softwood plantations are being criticised by opposition parties.

Andrew Fraser, opposition natural resources spokesperson, said the possible market return for the sale is less than A$600m – about half of the plantations’ real value. He also said issues need to be looked at before any sale, including security of forestry jobs, land tenure and guaranteed replantings.

Greens say state ownership of plantations in south-eastern New South Wales is crucial in their battle to end wood chipping in the area.