Forestry news

Measuring Forests and Trees

The Measuring Forests and Trees conference is now open for registration. If you would like to register click on the button below.

For more information, download the flyer or contact: Lyndall Bull (

Joint effort to regrow forestry

AS the number of forestry students nationwide fell away like an old-growth stand, the federal government and a group of universities got together to regrow the discipline through a national masters program.
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New Gottstein Trust Scholarships for Forestry and Wood Science Students

The Chairman of the J. W. Gottstein Memorial Trust Fund, Mr Peter Gunnersen, is pleased to announce the introduction of Gottstein Forest Industry Scholarships for undergraduate or postgraduate students undertaking degree or diploma courses in forestry, forest science or wood science. The scholarships have the value of $5,000 per annum to each successful applicant for up to three years, and may be used to meet living, relocation and education-related expenses.
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Carbon and Climate Change 3 Day workshop

The Australian National University, in conjunction with the National Forestry Masters Program developed a 3 day workshop on carbon and climate change in November 2008.

The workshop was designed to help understand the nexus between the policy and on the ground organisational requirements.

> For pictures from the Carbon and Climate change workshop click here.

AFG Study Fellowship & Tree Farmer of the Year 2009

The fellowship has been created through generous sponsorship by the
Tasmanian forest sector to the Biennial Australian Forest Growers
National Conference, Launceston 2006.
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VicForests symposium - 02 September 2008

With a lack of prospective talent and the migration of skills elsewhere, this years symposium will focus on skills training and workforce development.
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New National Forestry Masters Convenor joins the Program

Dr Lyndall Bull joined the NFM Program on 6 June, as National Convenor Lyndall brings a wealth of relevant experience, in Australia and internationally, to the role. She'll be based at ANU, but work across the Program.

Forestry graduates are happiest, and rural starting salaries are better

Two 2006 surveys by Graduate Careers Australia are good news for aspiring foresters. The 'course experience' questionnaire found that graduating foresters were the happiest with their programs among all fields of study. The 'graduate salaries' questionnaire revealed that annual starting salaries for jobs in country areas average $42,000 – $2,000 above those in urban areas, which also have higher living costs.

Forest industry skills audit finds foresters in high demand

A 2006 forest industry skills audit funded by the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) and undertaken by the national industry bodies, the National Association of Forest Industries (NAFI) and the Australian Plantation Products and Paper Industry Council (A3P), found that foresters are in high demand, and short supply, as the Australian forestry and forest products sector evolves and expands. Changing forest resource bases, expansion and development of processing facilities, and technological and management changes, all call for increased numbers of foresters and forestry researchers, as well as cross-sectoral fields such as business management, engineering, marketing and trades. Read more about careers in forestry.

Industry leader ITC calls for more skilled foresters

Vince Erasmus, CEO of ITC, a leading hardwood forestry company, listed the lack of skilled foresters as one of the biggest problems for the industry. The Age newspaper quoted him as saying, 'The pool of new graduates with technical forestry training is practically non-existent.' Other challenges he mentioned include the availability of land appropriate for high-quality plantations, antiquated processing technology, and acquiring adequate capital for long-term investment.