The professional development project is one of the five primary strategic focuses of the Future Foresters Initiative.
It encompasses activities designed to support the professional development of students and young professionals in forestry, which includes ecologists, forest managers, operational and other forest industry practitioners, and policy and conservation-focused professionals. These activities will include, but are not limited to, internships, mentoring, work experience, industry exchanges and seminars.
Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry
This award recognises the achievements of outstanding young forest professionals in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. This award is to encourage engagement in and dedication to, the principles of sustainable forest management including policy, planning and practice, sound science based land stewardship. Awardees must be committed to public outreach and knowledge exchange focusing on the wise use and conservation of forests and the ecosystems that they encompass.
2017 marked the first year of the Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry in Australia.
Jesse Mahoney, a policy officer from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources was presented with the prize during the IFA 2017 Conference on Tropical Forestry.
Jesse has been an IFA Member since 2014, and has recently retired from his role as the President of the International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA). Currently he works for the Australia Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, as a policy officer.
In Jesse’s words: “We [Australia] are a country and an industry which manages its forests sustainably. We have the tools, the expertise and the abilities to deliver some exceptionally high quality and innovative products. We can adapt to a changing world, a carbon conscious world and bring the community with us. We can learn to communicate better and smarter through modern mediums, to demonstrate our environmental custodianship to the community, and deliver high quality and sustainable products to the homes of all Australians. If each and every one of you can simply capture your care for the forest, your love for the forest, and the quality of Australian forest products, we can deliver those into the homes of your friends, families and acquaintances”.
We look forward to seeing what the Future holds for Jesse and other inspiring young foresters in their pursuit for sustainable forestry!