IFA AGM - Monday 3rd September 2018

The IFA AGM will be held at University House, ANU, 1 Balmain Cres ACT 2601 on Monday 3rd September 2018 at 5.30pm. Notice of AGM, Agenda and Proxy Form as follows:
All welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the AGM and conference

Please learn from Greek tragedy

Please find a media release from the Institute of Foresters of Australia warning that the Federal and State Governments must learn from the Greek fire tragedy before we experience another Black Saturday bushfire in Australia.
Bob Gordon, National President of the Institute, said, ‘We will have fewer catastrophic forest fires if we properly manage the forested estate on both public and private land. On bad fire weather days, without fuel reduction, all our aircraft combined will not stop a forest fire from spreading rapidly across the landscape, like on Black Saturday.’
‘For the sake of Australia’s economy, its environment and our population, the IFA urges politicians to heed the lessons learnt in Greece and from our recent fire disasters,’
More can be read on the IFA website at www.forestry.org.au/about-ifa/ifa-policies or https://bit.ly/2AbrLAW 
Media contact: Bob Gordon - 0400 980 297

Media Release - IFA-AFG Conference - More Speakers

Please see Media Release regarding the IFA-AFG Conference with additional speakers announced!
Landscape architecture, marketing, carbon and plantations are just some of the topics that will be canvassed in the 2018 IFA/AFG Conference – Forests for healthy cities, farms and people being held in Canberra from 2-5 September.

Conference chair Professor Peter Kanowski said, ‘There is a growing understanding across the world of how important urban forests are to our growing cities in a changing climate. 'The diversity of speakers at the conference means that land managers, urban planners, farm foresters and policy makers will all find something of interest at this conference.' 

In addition to speakers already announced such as Fiona Simson, President of the National Farmers Federation, and Kenneth Er, CEO National Parks Board of Singapore, other confirmed speakers include:
• Senator the Hon Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
• James Bulinski, Managing Director of CO2 Australia
• Lyndall Bull, Principal of Lynea Advisory
• Gordon Davis, President of Greening Australia
• Gary Dunning, Executive Director of the Forests Dialogue, Yale University
• Adrian Gray, Victorian President of Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
• Greg McCormack, President of the Australian Forest Products Association

‘The Conference has very broad appeal and the breadth of professionals already registered will add significant depth to the panel discussions’, said Peter.

Registration information at: https://forestry.org.au/ifa/register-now Early bird registration has been extended to 30 June 2018!
Media contact: Professor Peter Kanowski 0416 249 004

IFA Media Release - Fire Fire Fire

Please find link to a media release from the Institute of Foresters of Australia calling on the Federal and State Governments to fund further scientific research into the important and complex role that fire plays in the evolution and maintenance of Australian ecosystems. The Climate Council reports that bushfires already cost about $100 million every year in NSW and the ACT alone.

Bob Gordon, National President of the Institute, said, ‘Fire has potential to significantly affect not only the environment but community’s social, economic and cultural development. ‘Foresters from the Institute know that more needs to be done in systematic monitoring and review of fire management - including fire impact mitigation, with the results being made available to policy makers, land managers, fire services and the community.

More can be read on the IFA website at www.forestry.org.au/about-ifa/ifa-policies  
Media contact: Bob Gordon - 0400 980 2971 Media Release

Nominations open for the Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry

The Institute of Foresters of Australia is calling for nominations for, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales Sustainable Forestry Award for 2018.

‘It is about forests and foresters’, said Mr Rob de Fégely, Vice-President of the Institute of Foresters of Australia and Director responsible for international relations.

‘His Royal Highness has a well-known passion for forests and natural production systems. In recent years, he has provided support to the professional forestry institutes in Australia and New Zealand and prior to that in Canada and United Kingdom.’

Eligible recipients must either be a student or recent graduate and up to 30 years of age from a forestry, natural resources or environmental science university or college program, who have made outstanding contributions to their school and program, and to forest professionalism in general, within their community.

Nominations close 30 June 2018 - www.forestry.org.au/honours-awards-scholarships/220-prince-of-wales-award-for-sustainable-forestry
Further information available in the IFA media release.