Upcoming Events & Webinars



WEBINAR: Drones in Forestry & Land Management
Date: Wednesday 19 August 2020
Time: 1.00 pm (AEST)
RFP CPD Hours: 1.0
Can Drones be of use to you?  This webinar will look at different drone models for the beginner and pro; tips for being an effective user; current regulations and the latest developments and uses for drones in Australia’s forestry sector. The webinar will also look at the future of drones and emerging technologies.
No matter if you work with, own or manage 1 tree or 100,000, or are slightly interested in the world of drones, this webinar is for you!
For more information and to register visit the Drones Webinar Webpage

Field Trip – Namadgi National Park – Bushfire Impacts & Recovery
Date: Saturday 22 August 2020
Time: 12.50 pm
Overview: This afternoon field trip focuses on the impacts of fire on Alpine Ash (Eucalyptus delegatensis). The program will begin with mature Alpine Ash trees in good condition. Along Smokers Trail, we will see the succession of regrowth from 2003 dead stags, 2003 advance growth, through to 2020 fire impact and regeneration. We will provide some notes on the hazard reduction burning history between 2003 and 2020 for different sections along Smokers Trail, and hope to be joined by ACT Parks & Conservation fire researcher Dr Adam Leavesley to share his knowledge on ground-based and remote sensing fuel moisture monitoring, and matching with observed fire weather, fire behaviour and fire impact compared to this vegetation monitoring data. We will see a number of other eucalypt associations and their fire response during the trip, eg Snow Gum and Peppermint. 
Program - 1. Corin Forest and 2. Smokers Trail
Meeting times and places:
12:50pm, those carpooling meet PCS Stromlo Depot, 500 Cotter Road, Coombs (depart 1pm)
1:45pm, those with own 4WD transport and not able to take passengers meet the car poolers at Square Rock Walk carpark, Corin Road.  Location: Paste this code into Google maps: FWJ7+FW Paddys River, Australian Capital Territory
4pm, depart from Smoker’s Trail
5pm, car pool group arrive back at PCS Stromlo depot.

Click HERE to view North-Western sector of the Orroral Fire 
Credit: Adam Leavesley
Please note: The Corin Forest stop will require reasonable walking; members who can’t manage the walk could either a drive through the remaining Gibraltar pines, or - perhaps more appealing if the weather is biting – take a hot drink at the Corin Forest café. 4WD vehicles are necessary for Smoker’s Trail.

Participation and COVID-19 safety
To participate in the field trip, you must:
not be feeling unwell or have any symptoms associated with COVID-19;
follow ACT Government COVID-19 directives and advice: Protect Yourself;
travel in your own 4WD vehicle or be prepared to carpool with others; 
be willing to have your details recorded for contact tracing.

Registration and organisation
Please register your interest in participating by 20 August, with Peter Langdon – e: peterd.langdon@act.gov.au, p: 0408358026 – indicating whether:
1. you have a 4WD vehicle and are able to take one or two passengers from Stromlo Depot, Cotter Rd;
2. you need a seat in a 4WD, and will meet the group at Stromlo Depot, Cotter Rd;
3. you have a 4WD vehicle, are not able to take passengers, and will meet the group at Square Rock Walk carpark, Corin Rd.
We’ll confirm availability of 4WD seats for those who need them on 21 August.

Please note: plans may need to change if wet weather continues.

Any questions?  Contact Peter Langdon – email and phone as above.

Many thanks to staff of ACT Parks and Conservation for making the field trip possible.


Annual Meeting - ACT & Region Division
Date: 1 September 2020
Time: 5.30 pm
More details to follow

Taking action to implement a workplace mental health policy – who and how
When:  Wednesday 2 September 2020
Time: 2:00 PM (AEST)

Cost: Complimentary
Click HERE to register 
MENTAL HEALTH WEBINAR SERIES presented by the Forest and Wood Products Industry   The IFA/AFG is delighted to be a sponsor of the Mental Health Webinar Series.   Organisations can often struggle to find direction on mental health since the factors involved are so diverse, however, those businesses that care about the health and wellbeing of their staff attract and keep top talent and are better placed to weather tough times. Every business and every organisation is different so your approach to implementing a mental health policy needs to be tailored to your workplace and this webinar will explore some simple strategies to help you embed a culture of positive mental health. Topics include: Mental health policy – an integrated approach explored; Responsibilities – employers, managers & employees and Action steps to implementation.

Date: date tbc - September 2020
Time: TBC
Nominations: Nominating Papers are due by 25 August, click here to download 


IFA/AFG Annual General Meeting
Date: Friday 16 October
Time: 5.00 pm

More details to follow shortly