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About Us

The Future Foresters Intiative Committee is made up of young professionals and forestry students. The purpose of the FFI is to provide support to students and early career  professionals from forestry or related fields, through mentoring, training, networking and other social and professional development activities.

Meet the Committee

Erin Hodgson (Chair)

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Erin works for PF Olsen Australia as a Projects Forester based in Melbourne. She has completed a Bachelor of Horticulture and a Masters of Forest Ecosystems Science at the University of Melbourne.

At PF Olsen Australia Erin is based within the Technical Services Team who specialise in GIS, inventory, auditing, forestry systems and business processors.

Through her work Erin has focused on the implementation of process improvement works for operational staff and safety of external contractors.

Sarah Dickson-Hoyle

Sarah has a diverse background spanning ecology, forestry, community-based natural resource management, and social sciences, and is currently working as an ecological consultant with Eco Logical Australia in Canberra.
Through her Master of Forest Ecosystem Science studies she became strongly involved with the International Forestry Students Association (IFSA), and for the past three years she has continued to work with IFSA and the Youth in Landscapes Initiative to advance youth engagement and capacity development in the forests and landscapes sectors.

Leon Holt (Secretary)


Leon is the District and Planning Forester for Community Forestry within VicForests, Victoria’s state-owned native forest timber company. He has previously worked in government with the Department of Environment, Land, Water And Planning, where he completed the DELWP science graduate program and had roles in crown land, statutory planning, forest monitoring and timber harvesting compliance. Leon has completed a Bachelor of Arts and Science, a Postgraduate Diploma of Bushfire Planning and Management, and a Masters of Forest Ecosystems Science at the University of Melbourne, during which his research focused on Mountain Ash silviculture.

Tegan Brown

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Tegan has recently started a PhD in Forest Hydrology at the University of Melbourne, while working part-time for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in the Forest Regulation Unit.

Tegan’s interest in forest management started early, growing up near plantations in central Gippsland and continued through to university - where she studied a  Bachelor of Science with Honours in Fire Ecology, and a Masters of Forest and Ecosystem Science. Tegan worked for DELWP for five years before starting a PhD, across bushfire planning, bushfire recovery and forest management.

Tegan joined the FFI Committee to engage with other foresters and to promote the growth of women and young people in the forestry industry.

Júlia Fideles

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Julia holds a master’s degree in forest resources from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she specialized in management of plantation-grown trees for solid wood production. She works for Indufor Asia Pacific –Australia as a consultant and has been involved in projects focused on wood processing, sustainable land-based development and .forest management.

Julia has worked as a research assistant at the University of Melbourne on projects aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of wood industries in the Asia Pacific region. She loves the astonishing eucalypt forests and the beautiful Australian hardwoods.

Career Events & Networking

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Student and Early Career Presenter Prize Winners - IFA Conference 2017

In recognition and celebration of students and early career foresters' contribution to the IFA Conference on Tropical Forestry, the Future Foresters Iniciative lauched an early career award.  The award cerimony took place in Cairns in August 2017, during the IFA Conference.

The inaugural Future Foresters Initiative Student and Early Career Presenter Prize was awarded to Kamal Malvani of Charles Darwin University for her presentation, Farmers’ Values Driving Rehab of Land into Forest Gardens (Sri Lanka). Jing Hu of the University of Queensland was the runner up with her presentation, Dynamics of a Logged Tropical Forest - Following Silvicultural Treatments over 50 years (Mt Baldy, Atherton).  

Thank you to the IFA members who dedicated their time during the conference to judging the award. A special thank you to IFA members Stephen Walker and Kevin Harding as well as Routledge / Taylor and Francis Books for their generous contributions to the prizes.

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Professional Developement

The professional development project is one of the five primary strategic focuses of the Future Foresters Initiative.

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Scholarships & Fundraising

The scholarships and fundraising project is one of the five primary strategic focuses of the Future Foresters Initiative.

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International Opportunities


Patrick Nykiel attending COP13 Cancun nov 2016Forestry is an increasingly international profession, and 21st century Australian foresters are increasingly expected or wish to engage with opportunities and issues within our broader Asia-Pacific region.

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