MEDIA RELEASE: Forestry Australia welcomes forest funding commitment
Friday 14 April 2022
Forestry Australia welcomes forest funding commitment
The peak organisation representing over 1,000 professional and scientific forest land managers in Australia has welcomed today’s $219 million forestry funding commitment by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Forestry Australia CEO Jacquie Martin said the announcement recognised the need for sustainable forestry in Australian society.
“Sustainable forestry is key to a prosperous and healthy future for Australian society and the environment,” Ms Martin said.
“We thank Prime Minister Scott Morrison for recognising the importance of investing in science, research and innovation.”
“Forests are one of Australia’s greatest natural assets, and Australia has a long history of first-class forestry skills, experience and people needed to care for our forests.
“Forests are managed over very long time frames and long term vision and planning is required. That is why bipartisan support is so important if we are to achieve the social, economic, environmental and carbon capture potential of Australia’s forest estate.
“Forest management decisions need to exist outside of election cycles, and Forestry Australia calls for all parties to prioritise active and adaptive management of all forests so they can continue to benefit society and the environment in multiple ways for decades to come.
“We look forward to hearing how other parties plan to support long-term, scientifically-backed forest management policies.”
Forestry Australia formerly known as The Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA) and Australian Forest Growers (AFG) is a professional association with approximately 1,000 members. Our members are forest scientists, professionals, managers and growers operating in all aspects of forest and natural resource management throughout Australia.