Virtual seminar: Communication & forest management

Communication and its role in the future of forest management

Date: Tuesday 24, Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 November 2020
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm each day (AEDT)
Location: Online RFP CPD points: 4.5


Following on the success of the 2019 Communication Seminar held in Canberra, this virtual seminar, held over three days, is designed to up-skill forestry professionals to improve the way we communicate with forestry stakeholders and the broader community on the multiple values and benefits to the community of sustainable forestry in Australia.

This seminar will help participants expand their toolkit with strategies, case studies, panel discussions and insights that can be applied corporately, as well as personally, in order to achieve more effective communication and consider how effective communication can assist the sector in the coming years.

Speakers & program:

Session One Tuesday 24 November: Courageous communication

  • It is time for courageous conversations Howard Parry- Husbands, CEO, Pollinate
  • Communicating in a crisis Ross Hampton, CEO AFPA
  • A panel discussion on dealing with harsh critics and concerned communities David Bartlett Facilitator
  • How you can unlock effective communications Eileen Newbury National Marketing & Communications Manager, FWPA
Session Two Wednesday 25 November: How....
  • How to write an opinion piece or letter to the Editor Becher Townsend, Managing Director Font PR
  • How to use social media - an introduction Speaker tbc
  • How to communicate with politicians Melina Bath MP, Member for Eastern Victoria
  • How to take great photos on your phone or iPad Belle Hunt, Hunt House Creative
  • How partnerships can support engagement and raise profile Panel - Lennan Whiting, ForestrySA; David Rawlinson, Planet Ark; Dion McKenzie, Sustainable Timber Tasmania & Katie Fowden, Hyne Timber Community Trust
Session Three Thursday 26 November: Future/Way Forward
  • Forestry messaging – singing from the same song sheet Howard Parry- Husbands, CEO, Pollinate
  • The role of storytelling in improving social license Pip Band, Band Consulting
  • Collaboration opportunities; Howard Parry- Husbands & Pip Band
  • A vision for the future of Australia’s forest Dr Bill Jackson, Dr Michelle Freeman & Blair Freeman


IFA/AFG member: $40
Student member: $15
Non-member: $95

All registered delegates receive a recording of each session, listen live or listen later.
Registration fees include GST

Registrations close: Thursday 19 November


Scholarship opportunity:

The IFA/AFG and the Future Foresters Initiative (FFI) are offering financial support to participate in the Communication Virtual Seminar.
  • Are you studying full time or under 35 years old and working in forestry or land management?
  • Would you like assistance to participate in this virtual seminar?
  • Are you an IFA/AFG member (or interested in joining)?
Click HERE for more information

With thanks to our sponsors