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 -
Further information available in the IFA media release.

NW Jolly Medal - Call for Nominations

Nominations are being called for the NW Jolly Medal, for presentation at the Institute’s Forests for healthy cities, farms and people Conference to be held in conjunction with Australian Forest Growers at University House, ANU, Canberra, 2-5th September 2018. The NW Jolly Medal is the Institute’s highest and most prestigious honour for outstanding service or contribution to forestry in Australia. The deadline for nominations is 30th June 2018.

Conference Call for Abstracts Extended!

The call for Abstracts for the joint AFG and IFA Conference: Forests for Healthy Cities, Farms and People has been extended until the 30th of May.
For more information on how to submit your abstract, visit:
Don't miss the opportunity to share your research about Urban Forestry, Farm Forestry and its effects on wellbeing with your peers!
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Major drawcard announced for Canberra Forest Conference

Last month the Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA) and the Australlian Forest Growers (AFG) have announced some of the confirmed keynote speakers for their joint conference: Forests for Healthy Cities, Farms and People.
Check out the media release HERE.
Further information about the speakers can be found on the conference website.
An overview of the Conference Program is also available.
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Foresters in 2018 Australia Day Honours

Please find attached a media release from the Institute of Foresters of Australia detailing Australia Day Honours awarded to three notable foresters.

Dr Johannes (Hans) Hendrik Drielsma AM

For significant service to the commercial forestry industry, to sustainable management practices and certification programs, and to professional bodies.

Hans is a former Director of the Institute and a recipient, in 2015, of the Institute’s highest award, the Norman W Jolly Medal.

Mr Gary William Morgan AM, AFSM

For significant service to the community through emergency response organisations, and to forest and fire research and management.

Gary is the Chair of the Forest Fire Committee of the Institute of Forestry of Australia.

Mr Roger John Underwood AM

For significant service to the community of Western Australia through forestry and bushfire management, and as an historian and writer.

Roger is a former member of the Institute and a recipient, in 2008, of the Institute’s highest award, the Norman W Jolly Medal.

National President of the Institute of Foresters of Australia, Mr Bob Gordon said, ‘Congratulations to Hans, Gary and Roger who have all made enormous contributions to the body of scientific knowledge about Australia’s forests over many years.

‘The Institute is over 80 years old now and has a history of being a trusted source of reliable, scientifically robust information about Australia’s forests and that is a tradition which is well served by current members, ‘ said Bob.