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.

Multiple-use forests of more benefit than a new national park say forest scientists

Euan Ferguson, Victorian Chair of the Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA), says there is no benefit in creating a ‘Great Forest National Park’ in Victoria’s Central Highlands forests. 
Mr Ferguson, said: ‘Most of the region’s forests are already contained in conservation and water catchment reserves. The existing balance between conservation and other land uses is appropriate and there is no need for more National Parks.’
Mr Ferguson concluded that the current forest management arrangements reflect a diversity of stakeholder views and maximise social value. In contrast, the proposal for a ‘Great Forest National Park’ has not demonstrated optimum public benefit for Victorians, and should be rejected.
The IFA Position Paper on the proposed Great Forest National Park can be found at: GFNP - IFA Position

Media contacts:
The Institute of Foresters, Victorian Division
Mark Poynter, IFA Media Officer 0418 846 819
Euan Ferguson, IFA Victorian Division Chair 0408 840 035
Bob Gordon, IFA National President 0400 980 297

Scientists say NSW Forestry Bill will not achieve positive outcome for farmers or the environment

The Institute of Foresters of Australia has joined the chorus of concerns from all sectors of the scientific community with a scathing assessment of the NSW Government’s Draft Native Forestry Bill 2017.

National President of the Institute of Foresters of Australia Mr Bob Gordon said, ‘Our members work across the full spectrum of forestry from parks and conservation management to timber production and processing as well as research and academia and as such, we can provide authoritative and independent advice on forest science and management – if we are given the opportunity.

‘The Institute has serious concerns about the Bill which includes discretionary clauses such as “…if the regulatory authority considers…” and “…for any reason the regulatory authority thinks appropriate…” and terms such as “material”, defined only as “not trivial”.

‘The NSW Government has stated support for a sustainable native forest timber industry and flagged the importance of a viable private native forest resource in the future of that industry, but this draft Bill will achieve the exact opposite by laying red tape upon red tape backed up by thinly veiled threats of punitive fines to landholders.

Read more on the IFA Media Release

Media contact: Bob Gordon 02 6153 3044 or 0400 980 297

Open Access to AFJ's Latest Issue

The general public has been granted open access to the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) special edition of the Australian Forestry Journal (AFJ), a peer-reviewed publication, usually exclusive to IFA members.

Check it out:

If you are not an IFA member yet, become one and keep up-to-date with the industry! Get access other editions of the Australian Forestry Journal as well as the weekly newsletter and the quarterly publication: “The Forester”, about current forestry matters.
Furthermore, members have discounted rates to IFA training, educational and social events.