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’.
Please find media release.
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’.
Creation of the proposed Great Forest National Park therefore is not supported. The reasons are outlined in the document: IFA position on the proposed 'Great Forest National Park'

IFA Conference - Early Bird Extended!

Please find a media release announcing an extension to early bird registrations for the IFA national conference in August in Cairns.
*Early Bird registration for IFA’s Cairns Conference has been extended until 12 June*
The Conference, "Tropical Forestry: Innovation and Change in the Asia Pacific Region" will be held on 14 - 17 August 2017. See Website to book. While the focus is on the tropics there are many reasons for temperate forest managers to attend, including sessions on yield estimation, fire management and protection and plantation development and success drivers.

Position paper on the role of fire and its management in Australian forests

The Forest Fire Committee has reviewed the Institute’s two policy papers relating to forest fire management which were last updated in 2003. The Committee recognises that position papers should
be dynamic documents that are updated periodically as new issues emerge.
Much has changed since these documents were prepared and the decision was taken to combine the key points into a single position paper.
Members are invited to read and provide comment on the position paper to ifaforestfire@gmail.com 

Foresters without Borders - Progress Report April 2017

Vanuatu Foresters Association   Picture
The Island of Mataso is one of the disadvantaged islands that were devastated by Tropical Cyclone Pam two years ago. The impacts were so devastating given the connection of the people’s livelihood with the only limited resources they have, as the entire forest resources and ecosystems were destroyed.

The Vanuatu Foresters Association along with the Department of Forests with the support of the Institute of Foresters of Australia has helped the affected areas with nursery tools and materials, technical support and forestry seedlings for immediate replanting. The focus was not only on Forestry farmers but also members of the affected communities to be able to contribute to their forest restoration.
Please see Foresters without Borders latest report: FwB Progress Report April 2017