Date: Sunday 26 May 2019

Location: Mount Cole/ Beaufort (approx. 50 km W of Ballarat)

Time: 10.15am – 4.00pm approx.

An insightful day to see many aspects of sustainable forest management. Staff from DELWP, HVP, and VicForests plus other experts will guide us. Topics include:

  •              Native forest management, incl. harvesting and regeneration
  •              Softwood plantation management
  •              Pyrenees Timber Sawmill
  •              Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC) Recommendations
  •              Future of both upland and lowland forests

All IFA/AFG member are invited to bring along their family, friends, work colleagues and others who may be interested in forest management and conservation.

Meet at:                               10.15am at Railway Station, Pratt St, Beaufort

Transport:                           Car-pooling. 2-WD vehicles are OK (unless we’ve had heavy rain)

Meals:                                  BYO lunch/drink

Clothing/equipment:     Hard hats are provided, please bring your own hard hat if you have one. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear.


$0.00 IFA/AFG Members

$20.00 Non-members (cash on the day to Keith Maplestone)

Please register and forward any questions before Tuesday 21 May to Keith Maplestone at

Forest Valuations – Taking a Broader Perspective - Seminar

Seminar & optional field day

Date: Thursday 23 & Friday 24 May 2019
Location: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania

About: For the next workshop of the IFA Forest Valuation Standard Subcommittee, the agenda includes a wide range of topics including Green Bonds, Natural Capital Accounting, Carbon Sequestration, Native Forests, as well as latest information and thinking on forest valuations. 

This workshop is open to all IFA members, forest valuers, forest practitioners and anyone interested in latest thinking on forest valuations in Australia.


Speakers & Program:

Thursday 23 May - Seminar

  • Forest ownership in ANZ – an Update on forestry transactions and recent changes in Tasmania; Andrew Morton, Indufor Asia Pacific
  • What is driving forest values in or region – an overview of product supply demand; Rudolf Rensburg, Margules Groome Consulting
  • Purpose of valuations - the role and responsibilities of the independent valuer; Brian Johnson, Margules Groome Consulting
  • Valuation methodology and financial reporting standards; Brian Johnson, Margules Groome Consulting
  • Independent valuers and auditors – what role do they play? Stuart Dare, Deloitte
  • Green Bonds – do forests have a role? David Bartlett, Sustainable Timber Tasmania
  • Natural Capital Accounting – what does it mean for future earnings?  Anthony O’Grady, CSIRO
  • Environmental economic accounting; Mark Eigenraam, IDEEA Group
  • Carbon and Forests – TAS DPAC project; Blair Freeman, Indufor
  • Valuing Natural Forests – do they require special treatment? Rudolf Rensburg, Margules Groome Consulting
  • Forest Loss – fire, insurance & expert witness; Rob de Fégely, Margules Groome Consulting
  • Registered Professional Foresters – why & how will they help? Bob Gordon & Jim Wilson, Institute of Foresters of Australia

Optional dinner Thursday night – Hotel Grand Chancellor 

Friday 24 May - Optional Field Day

7.45 am - Meet in Hobart for an 8.00 am departure to the Huon Valley
  • Brief induction
  • Farm Forestry joint venture with Norske Skog; standing thinned mature pine plantation and recent fire salvage
  • SO005D: smaller regrowth with good hydro pole potential
  • Historic sawmill site
  • Lunch
  • HA020K: 1969 regrowth
  • Pruned hardwood plantation
  • IST yard - discussion of tenders
3.30 pm - Depart the Huon Valley, the field trip is scheduled to be back in Hobart at approximately 4.30pm

Registration: (includes GST)

$150.00                        IFA/AFG member rate
$250.00                        Non-member rate
$80.00                          Optional dinner, Thursday
$125.00                         Optional field day, Friday


The Hotel Grand Chancellor have offered delegates special rates starting from $149.00 per night (room only). To access this rate, call 03 6235 4535 and quote ‘The Institute of Foresters of Australia’ to access the rate.

With thanks to the events sponsors and partners:

  • Forico P/L
  • Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers
  • New Forests managed ANZFOF2
  • New Forests managed ANZFOF3
  • Margules Groome Consulting
  • Sustainable Timbers Tasmania
  • University of Tasmania

To register, click HERE     

ANZIF August 2019 - Call for papers

The Institute of foresters of Australia and New Zealand Institute of Forestry call for papers for our joint conference in August, 2019.

Please submit a title and abstract of no more than 500 words by 15 April 2019 to Euan Mason via email. The title  should be in Calibri 14 point font, the abstract should be in Calibri 12 point font, and your document should be in MS Word format.

For more on the conference and suggested topics, please see the guidelines ANZIF 2019 papers.


Planning is well underway for the 2019 ANZIF conference; “The Forest Newsfeed: Communicating forestry in the connected age” to be held:

25 - 28 August 2019
University of Canterbury, Christchurch

We are expecting in excess of 300 attendees for conference, and a good turnout from our Australian colleagues, always a highlight of the ANZIF conferences.  Given expected demand we encourage you to block the conference dates out in your calendar and register as early as possible.

For more information visit

IFA AGM - Monday 3rd September 2018

The IFA AGM will be held at University House, ANU, 1 Balmain Cres ACT 2601 on Monday 3rd September 2018 at 5.30pm. Notice of AGM, Agenda and Proxy Form as follows:
All welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the AGM and conference

Please learn from Greek tragedy

Please find a media release from the Institute of Foresters of Australia warning that the Federal and State Governments must learn from the Greek fire tragedy before we experience another Black Saturday bushfire in Australia.
Bob Gordon, National President of the Institute, said, ‘We will have fewer catastrophic forest fires if we properly manage the forested estate on both public and private land. On bad fire weather days, without fuel reduction, all our aircraft combined will not stop a forest fire from spreading rapidly across the landscape, like on Black Saturday.’
‘For the sake of Australia’s economy, its environment and our population, the IFA urges politicians to heed the lessons learnt in Greece and from our recent fire disasters,’
More can be read on the IFA website at or 
Media contact: Bob Gordon - 0400 980 297