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.

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Victorian Coroner's Decision NOT to conduct a Coronial Inquest into the 2015 Wye River Fire

Please find below a link to the Victorian Coroner's Decision NOT to conduct a Coronial Inquest into the 2015 Wye River Fire:

Forest Bioenergy in WA

John McGrath gave a topical presentation on Forest Bioenergy in WA - prospects and constraints at the recent 2017 IFA WA Division AGM held on 5th September. Please find the link to the presentation below: