Forestry Institute Board movements
Three vacancies on the Board of the Institute of Foresters of Australia were filled by election from four candidates at the AGM held recently in Cairns.
Newly elected (or re-elected) Directors are: Bob Gordon, Dr Stuart Davey, and Dr William (Bill) Jackson
Bob Gordon was also elected as National President to fill the vacancy created by resignation of Andrew (Rob) de Fégely from a position he held for six years, serving with distinction. Incoming National President Bob Gordon said, ‘I am humbled to be elected as National President for the Institute and acutely aware that a lot will be expected of me in order to live up to the expectations set by past President Rob de Fégely.
Gottstein Fellowships 2018
Every year the Gottstein Trust invites applications to submit a study program in an area considered to be of benefit to the Australian forestry and forest industries.
The 2018 Fellowships deadline closes next month on the 25th September 2017.
For more information check out the Gottstein Trust's Media Release
Further questions can be directed to: Kenia Schmitt
or at: (02) 6153 3044
Science Wins the Tasmanian Forestry Debate
The extension of the Tasmanian Regional Forestry Agreement for another 20 years is a tribute to the role of professional forest scientists in making sure that Australia manages its forests in accordance with solid facts rather than emotion. See Media Release
Bob Gordon, newly elected National President of the Australian Institute of Foresters has welcomed the extension saying, ‘The extension of the RFA provides certainty to the thousands of Tasmanians involved in the forestry industry in Tasmania including park managers, ecologists and timber workers.
‘The extension of the Regional Forest Agreement is testament to the ongoing work managing Tasmania’s sustainable forestry industry in the constant face of adversity and represents a victory for science.’
Media contact: Bob Gordon 02 6153 3044 or 0400 980 297
Women - the new face of forest management
Today’s face of a professional forest manager is unlikely to be a rugged bearded bush-man type but is much more likely to be a very technologically savvy female who is a skilled communicator, business analyst and people manager.
Three of the key-note speakers at the Institute of Foresters of Australia conference on Tropical Forestry: Innovation and Change in the Asia Pacific Region are women, and nearly a quarter of the 84 papers being presented at the conference are from professional women.
Dr Kevin Harding said, ‘Our female speakers range from world recognised University, CSIRO and Australian Institute of Marine Science researchers to international trade and investment managers, forestry consultants, bush fire and carbon sequestration management experts, to community and small-scale forestry project managers from many parts of the world. The contribution that women are making to the Forestry profession reflects a huge diversity in skills and experience and brings new perspectives’.
Media contact: Dr. Kevin Harding 0410471957
IFA Position on the proposed 'Great Forest National Park'
The IFA position on the proposed Great Forest National Park is that the current mix of public land tenures in the Victorian Central Highlands allows a good balance between conservation and other (multiple) land uses. There is no need to create a ‘Great Forest National Park’.