New publication on Fuel Tax Credits

The Mineral Council of Australia has developed a new publication "Powering regional Australia: the case for fuel tax credits". Just days before the document went to press the IFA as approached as the authors had not been able to find any case studies for forestry. We are pleased to see there are now two stories as a result of one of our recommendations (pages 26-18).

You can view the document on the Mineral Council of Australia website.

3M's New Pulp & Paper Policy Impacts Resolute Forest Products

By: CBC News 

A new pulp and paper sourcing policy, aimed at protecting forests and respecting human rights, announced Thursday by 3M in collaboration with the environmental group ForestEthics, could have implications for industry giant Resolute Forest Products. 

Under the revised strategy, the maker of Post-it® notes will only accept materials made from virgin fibre that can be traced to the forest source and proven to be obtained legally. Suppliers must also protect high carbon stock forest, high conservation values, and workers' and indigenous peoples' rights.

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Call for papers International Forestry Conference

The call has gone out for papers to be presented at the Sustainable Supply Chains for the Timber Economy of the Future conference to run at AUSTimber2016 12-13 April, 2016.

Supported by International Union of Forest Research Organizations, this conference will bring together leaders from industry, research and technology providers to explore the latest developments, challenges and opportunities for sustainable forestry supply chains of today and the future.

Appropriate papers will also be considered for a special edition of the International Journal of Forest Engineering.

For details see Supply Chain Conference call for papers

Innovation Forum Sponsorships Available

Under the Innovation Program that is assisting the one day IFA Forum there are sponsorship opportunities available.

Aiming to encourage participation in innovation events and activities in which they would otherwise not be able to participate, a small number of $500 Participation Scholarships are available.

The criteria for these scholarships to be granted are relatively straightforward:

  •        The event or activity must be publicised and must be focused on innovation
  •        The participant would not be able to attend without this support
  •        ForestWorks ISC can promote the participation as an element of the Innovation Skills Program
  •        The event itself is not part of the Innovation Skills Program.

The aim of these scholarships is to allow those people who often miss out for the want of just a little financial support to bridge the gap and assist in expanding the industry’s knowledge and expertise in innovation. Scholarship recipients will be required to contribute a short summary of their experience and what they learned, for inclusion on the ForestWorks Innovation Hub athttp://www.forestworks.com.au/innovation.

Please click here for an example report template required to be completed by each individual.

2015/16 Annual Report

The IFA 2015/16 Annual Report was presented to the AGM on 6 Otober in Mount Gambier and is available online.