Traditional Owners, Forest and Fire Management: Virtual Seminar

: Tuesday 20, Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 April 2021
Time: 10.00 am – 12.00 noon each day

About: Following on from the success of the Case Study: Aboriginal Partnership in Forest Management webinar held in October last year, the Institute of Foresters of Australia and Australian Forest Growers (IFA/AFG) will be offering a 3-day virtual seminar Traditional Owners, Forest and Fire Management.   The purpose of the virtual seminar is to provide a foundation for forest scientists and forest managers who are seeking insights and understanding so they can improve engagement and collaborate with traditional owners as well as offer insights into successful approaches, programs and collaborations throughout Australia.


Tuesday 20 April: Cultural Awareness Training

Cultural Awareness Training
Nathan Brennan, Gumbaynggirr, Bundjalung and Gamilaraay man
CEO, Coffs Harbour and District Local Aboriginal Land Council

Wednesday 21 April: Traditional Owners & Fire Management: Caring for Country

*Introduction to cool burning & traditional fire practices
*Community engagement and traditional fire management 

Rachel Cavanagh, Yugambeh women of northern NSW and south east QLD
Community Programs & Stakeholder Engagement; Firesticks Alliance 
Right fire; right place
Dr Jack Pascoe, Yuin man
Conservation and Research Manager; Conservation Ecology Centre 
Aboriginal people & the bushfire crisis
Vikki Parsley, 
Aboriginal Cultural Services

Thursday 22 April: Traditional Owners & Active Land Management

Pre-colonial /pre-invasion land management practices
A/Prof Michael Fletcher, Wiradjuri man
Associate Dean, Faculty of Science, The University of Melbourne

Case study: Carbon farming: Savannah burning as a business generating environmental, community and greenhouse gas emission reduction benefits
Joanne Nelson & Richard King, Northern Kaanju people; Batavia Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation
Daryl Killin; Savanna Program Manager, Natural Carbon

Case study: Tiwi Islands, timber production & Tiwi employment
Marbeen Austral, Tiwi Woman
Hanna Lillicrapp, Resource Forester, Midway

Case study: Traditional Owners safeguarding biodiversity and building resilience
David Collard, Noongar man, WA


IFA/AFG Member: $45.00
Non-member: $95.00

Please note:
# Everyone who registers for the virtual seminar will receive a recording of each session, so if you can listen live, you can listen later.
# All registered delegates will receive a link and joining instructions 24 hours before each session

Registrations close: Friday 16 April

Click HERE to register


There is also scholarships available for IFA/AFG members who are full-time students and young professionals through the Department of Agriculture Leadership Grant to fund participation in the virtual seminar. Click HERE for more information and to download the application form.


With thanks to  Midway and VicForests for their support of this virtual seminar.