Open Letter: Great Koala National Park NSW
Published 17 March 2023
To the Hon. Chris Minns MP,
I am writing on behalf of Forestry Australia to initiate a positive discussion with you and a future NSW Labor Government about strategies to improve the conservation of koalas, which are endangered in NSW.
Forestry Australia is an independent professional association with over 1,000 members. Forestry is the science and craft of …
Monday 20 March 2023
Expanding Science Policy Activities at Forestry Australia
Forestry Australia has announced it has established a Forest Science Policy Program and is investing in a new approach to resourcing these activities in order to improve its advocacy and communication of evidence-based forest management.
Forestry Australia CEO Jacquie Martin said that committing resources to a Forest Science Policy Program will assist …
Tuesday 7 March 2022
New Leadership Team at Forestry Australia
The Board of Forestry Australia has announced that Dr Michelle Freeman has been elected President and Jim Wilson has been elected Vice President of the peak organisation for forest scientists, professionals, managers and growers.
Retiring President, Bob Gordon applauded the move stating he was delighted to see Michelle and Jim join …
MEDIA RELEASE: Interest in Forestry careers soar
23 February 2023
Forestry sector professionals are set to inspire the next generation of foresters with a packed audience gathering for today’s Careers in Forestry webinar.
Forestry Australia’s Future Foresters Initiative Committee has organised an array of speakers set to offer unique insights, and a discussion around career pathways to nearly 200 recent graduates, students, and those with …
Wednesday 14 December 2022
Mentoring the next generation on forestry professionals
Forestry Australia is delighted to announce a continuation of its Mentoring Program after an immensely successful first year, which saw 100 per cent of mentees report that they were highly satisfied or satisfied with the program.
The inaugural program connected experienced forestry professionals with those who were seeking to develop professionally, personally …
Thursday 24 November 2022
Major Event Review of the 2019–20 Victorian bushfires shows need for major forest management overhaul
A comprehensive report into the 2019-20 Victorian bushfires highlights the need for a major overhaul of current forest management strategies according to the peak Australian association for forest scientists, professionals and growers.
Jointly commissioned by the Victorian and Australian governments …
Thursday 17 November 2022
ANZIF 2023 Conference brings brightest trans-Tasman forestry minds together
Embracing our natural capital: The science, technology, and art of managing forests for all values.
The brightest forestry minds from Australia and New Zealand will come together next year to share knowledge on how to best manage both countries’ forests and the …
Wednesday 9 November
Forestry Australia welcomes landmark study on net benefits of multiple use forest management
Forestry Australia has welcomed a new study that highlights the significant value and benefits that state forests deliver for positive environmental, recreational, social and commercial outcomes.
Assessing the net benefits of multiple use native forest management in Queensland found that state …
Friday 28 October 2022
New Directors maintain momentum at Forestry Australia
New Forestry Australia Director appointments have been announced following a member vote and AGM held at last week’s National Symposium in Albury.
Forestry Australia CEO Jacquie Martin welcomed new Director Matt de Jongh and returning Director Blair Freeman to the Board, saying their appointments would help the organisation …
Friday 21 October 2022
Leading, adapting, and reimagining the future of forestry: Another solution developed
Forestry Australia Symposium Day 2
The important role active and adaptive forest management can play in mitigating climate change and resulting flood and fire events has been centre stage of Day 2 of Forestry Australia’s National Symposium, which wrapped up today in …
Friday 21 October 2022
New national bushfire framework to save Australian lives, land and property
A landmark new body of work has been released to assist governments and private organisations to tackle Australia’s growing bushfire problem and save lives, land and property.
Turning the Goals of the National Bushfire Management Policy Statement into Objectives and Key Performance Indicators aims …
Thursday 20 October 2022
Leading, adapting and reimagining the future of forestry
Forestry Australia Symposium Day One
Reimagining collaboration among experts from differing fields will be key to Australia’s forests being able to continue to benefit society for generations to come.
That’s been one of the key take-outs from day one of Forestry Australia’s National Symposium, …
Wednesday 19 October 2022
Leading, adapting and reimagining the future of forestry
A cross-section of the nation’s leading minds have converged in Albury to reimagine the future of Australian forestry and share knowledge and ideas to ensure forests can benefit generations to come.
Over 320 scientists, researchers, forestry professionals and foresters will gather at Forestry Australia’s National Symposium, to …
2022 AGM, Annual Report and Director Ballot
Forestry Australia’s Annual General Meeting will be held as follows:
Date: Friday 21 October 2022
Time: 4.30pm – 5.15 pm (AEDT)
Location: Forestry Australia’s 2022 Symposium, Albury Entertainment Centre, Albury NSW.
For more information including Annual Report, AGM Agenda and Director Ballot Click HERE
At the …
Forestry Australia welcomes new VP Jim Wilson
Friday 12 August 2022
Forestry Australia has welcomed Jim Wilson as new Vice President of the organisation, covering the position made vacant by Dr Michelle Freeman while she takes maternity leave.
“I am delighted to provide service to Forestry Australia as Vice President. The future is bright for our profession,” Mr Wilson said of his appointment.
“We are increasingly …
Wednesday 20 July 2022
Australia’s forest scientists call for active and adaptive forest management in wake of RFA review
Following the release, the Victorian Regional Forest Agreements (RFA) – Major Event Review of the 2019- 2020 bushfires, the peak national organisation representing over 1,000 forest scientists, professionals and growers have called for active and adaptive forest management to be implemented as a …
Tuesday 19 July 2022
Australia’s forest scientists support Minister’s calls for environmental law reform
Following the release of the State of the Environment report, the peak national organisation representing over 1,000 forest scientists, professionals and growers in Australia has joined in supporting Federal Environment Minister, Tanya Plibersek’s calls for more reform in the area of environmental law.
Ms Plibersek …
Friday 15 July 2022
Bright future ahead for Australia’s young foresters
Forestry Australia is delighted to announce the appointment of two new co-chairs to lead its Future Foresters Initiative (FFI) Committee.
Alannah Rowe and David Faluyi will head up the committee made up of young forestry professionals and forest science students which aims to support career growth and foster the next …
OPINION PIECE: If a tree falls in The Wombat State forest…
This Opinion Piece was published in the Ballarat Courier.
We may wonder if a tree falls in a forest with no one around whether anyone will hear it, but if a forest is flattened in a windstorm – will it increase fire risk?
That’s the burning question surrounding the Wombat …
Opinion Piece: Forestry has vital role to play in tackling climate change
This opinion piece was published in The Mercury
Tasmania’s status as the only Australian state to achieve negative carbon emissions in 2020 is an amazing achievement and one that should be celebrated. However, there is more to the story than what you might have …
Wednesday 15 June
Tasmania’s carbon negative is due to forestry, not its absence
The peak national organisation representing forest scientists and professionals has refuted claims that native forest harvesting in Tasmania has impacted negatively on the climate*.
Forestry Australia President Bob Gordon said on the contrary, the carbon sequestering power of growing trees meant sustainable forestry played a key …
For more information about this webinar, click HERE
Monday 30 May
Leading, adapting and reimagining, the future of forestry – Forestry Australia’s 2022 Symposium launched
Forestry Australia has revealed an inspiring line-up of keynote speakers for its 2022 Symposium, to be held both in person in Albury and online from Thursday 20 – Saturday 22 October.
Forest Policy Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, …
Thursday 26 May 2022
New project to TRIGger more tree plantings on Victorian farms on way to net zero
An exciting new forestry project has been launched to support the integration of more trees on farms in Victoria – helping the state achieve its net zero carbon goals by 2050.
Overseen by Forestry Australia, the Trials Review, Information and …
Monday 23 May 2022
Forestry Australia happy and growing
Forestry Australia has released results of its latest member audit, which show a happy and growing membership base.
The organisation has experienced an unprecedented 19 per cent increase in membership since 2020, with member satisfaction also significantly increasing.
86.75% of members described themselves as being satisfied or highly satisfied with their …
Monday 23 May 2022
Forestry Australia welcomes Mark Brown to Board
Forestry Australia has welcomed Prof. Mark Brown to its Board in a casual vacancy position.
Professor of Forestry Operations at University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Prof. Brown brings nearly 25 years’ experience in applied forestry and biomass supply research and innovation to the Board.
He is also Deputy …
Friday 20 May
Importing coal to replace jarrah a poor outcome for WA
Forestry Australia has said reports that coal may have to be imported to produce high-grade silicon in Western Australia* cast further doubt over the decision to end native timber harvesting in the state.
Forestry Australia Vice President Dr Lachlan McCaw said the reports brought further question …
Tuesday 10 May 2022
WA Forestry Minister’s timber yield claims refuted
Forestry Australia’s Western Australian Branch has refuted claims made by Minister for Forests Dave Kelly who suggested timber yields in WA’s forests are declining, that the state’s forests are no longer productive, and that the decision by the State Governments to end native forest harvesting is based …
Wednesday 4 May 2022
Next government must prioritise active and adaptive forest management
The peak organisation representing over 1,000 forest scientists and professional land managers has called for all major parties to prioritise policies which promote active and adaptive management of Australia’s forests.
Forestry Australia President Bob Gordon said active and adaptive management would ensure Australia’s forests …
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 …
Friday, 18 March 2022
Sustainable forestry continues to achieve positive outcomes
International Day of Forests 2022 – “Forests and sustainable production and consumption”
Monday, 21 March
The peak organisation representing over 1,000 professional and scientific forest land managers and growers in Australia is celebrating the critical role of forests in sustainable production and consumption for Australians, …
Call for Expressions of Interest: Board Casual Vacancy
Following the retirement of Dr Kevin Harding from the Forestry Australia Board, the Board resolved to appoint a new Director as a Casual Vacancy to serve until the next Annual General Meeting to be held in October 2022.
The Board is calling for Expressions of Interest from Forestry Australia members to fill this position.
This is a wonderful opportunity for a Forestry …
Wednesday 2 March 2022
Forestry Australia Board announcements as organisation looks to future
Forestry Australia has paid tribute to outgoing Vice President Dr Kevin Harding, who has announced his retirement from the Board as part of an ordered and planned transition to encourage fresh leaders to continue to grow the sector’s future.
Dr Lachie McCaw was elected to fill …
Thursday 10 February 2022
Australia’s female forest scientists – bringing new solutions to our environment, business and future
International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2022
Friday 11 February
The peak organisation representing some 1,000 professional and scientific forest land managers in Australia is urging women and girls to embrace the opportunities available in …
New program to grow future forestry leaders
TUESDAY, 8 FEBRUARY 2022
Forestry Australia is delighted to launch today its new 2022 Mentoring Program, which aims to foster the professional development of the nation’s future forestry leaders.
Forestry Australia CEO Jacquie Martin said the program would pair recent graduates, early career professionals and those seeking to develop their careers with experienced forestry mentors through a unique …
Letter to the Editor: Response to Nannas for Native Forests
Forestry Australia’s WA Chair, Brad Barr had his letter to the editor published in the Busselton – Dunsborough Mail responding to the Nanna’s for Native Forests. Brad wrote … ‘Or do we need hopeful programs that speak to human agency and provide cause for optimism in the future?’
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: Project Manager VIC Farm Forestry
Forestry Australia is seeking Proposals from interested and experienced parties to Project Manager a Farm Forestry in Victoria Project.
The purpose of the Trials Review, Information and Genetics (TRIG) Project is to improve information pathways to assist farm forestry expansion in Victoria.
The TRIG Project is funded by a Federation Funding Agreement with funds from the Australian Government provided to the Department of Jobs, Precincts …
IN THE NEWS: Regeneration funding misses burning issue
Forestry Australia Vice-President Dr Michelle Freeman wrote in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald addressing the issue of regeneration noting that the Victorian Government approach to management and funding misses addressing the extensive forest loss caused by multiple, landscape-scale fires over the last 20 years. Dr Freeman says, ‘It seems the government is choosing to pave the occasional pothole, while …
Forestry Australia calls for science to justify native harvesting decision
FRIDAY, 14 JANUARY 2022
The professional association represents forest scientists, professionals, managers and growers operating in all aspects of forest and natural resource management throughout Australia.
Forestry Australia President Bob Gordon said the association was concerned the decision to end native harvesting was not based on science, demonstrated poor understanding of …
New website continues Forestry Australia refresh
Friday, 17 December 2021
The professional association for forest scientists, growers, managers in Australia has launched a new website in the latest step of its identity refresh, offering members and the public alike enhanced access to forestry resources.
Forestry Australia CEO Jacquie Martin said the new website continued the association’s transformation from the Institute of Foresters of Australia and …
Forest scientists say new approaches needed to address escalating forest wars
25 November 2021
The professional association for forest scientists, growers and managers in Australia has expressed its concern at the escalating Victorian forest wars, saying changes are desperately needed in the way the State’s forests are managed.
Forestry Australia Vice President Dr Michelle Freeman said the escalating situation in Victoria shows the State’s current …
Forestry Australia Conference Wrap, Jolly Medal & Prince of Wales Award
14 October 2021
After more than 50 hours of program content delivered by 150 speakers to 453 delegates, Forestry Australia (formerly IFA/AFG) has celebrated the conclusion of its biggest ever conference.
Forestry Australia CEO Jacquie Martin thanked all delegates and speakers for contributing to the success of the conference, which took place both online …
Forestry Australia announces new Directors, finds member satisfaction and retention higher than ever
13 OCTOBER 2021
New Director announcements and new figures showing member satisfaction and retention are higher than ever were highlights of the Institute of Foresters of Australia’s (now trading as Forestry Australia) AGM held last night.
Forestry Australia President Bob Gordon welcomed new Directors Mick Stephens and Jim Wilson, who was elected after serving via a …
New shared vision urgently needed for Australia’s forests
12 OCTOBER 2021
Active and adaptive forest management and increased integration of Indigenous knowledge with Western scientific evidence and technologies are key to restoring and maintain the health of Australia’s forests, the Forestry Australia national conference has heard on its opening day. .
Forestry Australia Vice President Dr Michelle Freeman and Fellow Dr Bill Jackson said there …
IFA/AFG announces new identity – Forestry Australia
11 OCTOBER 2021
IFA/AFG announces new identity – Forestry Australia The Institute of Foresters of Australia and Australian Forest Growers has changed its name to Forestry Australia.
Forestry Australia CEO Jacquie Martin said the new name better represented the broad scope of forest and land management work undertaken by its members.
“The name Forestry Australia is more representative …
New Name for IFA/AFG to Reflect the Future of Forestry
THURSDAY 7 OCTOBER
The professional association representing some 1,000 forest scientists, researchers and professional forest land managers in Australia will soon be known by a new name.
The Institute of Foresters of Australia and Australian Forest Growers (IFA/AFG) has announced it will launch a new identity at its upcoming national conference, which will be held …
Indigenous knowledge & shackles of wilderness – Study
30 September 2021
IFA/AFG welcomes study on Indigenous knowledge and the shackles of wilderness
The professional association representing some 1,000 forest scientists, researchers and forest land managers in Australia has welcomed the paper Indigenous knowledge and the shackles of wilderness by Associate Professor and Wiradjuri man Michael-Shawn Fletcher.
The Institute of Foresters of Australia and Australian Forest Growers …
Does timber harvesting make forests more flammable?
Professors Jerry Vanclay and Kevin Tolhurst have written an OpEd piece titled, Does timber harvesting make forests more flammable?
They note that, “Some ecologists and conservationists, opposed to timber harvesting, are trying to use bushfire disasters as a lever to stop native forest harvesting, but their case is based on opinion, beliefs and selective science.”
WA call another example of ‘thought-bubble policy’ on native forestry
8 SEPTEMBER 2021
The Western Australian Government’s decision to end native forest harvesting from 2024 is deeply concerning because it has been made in the absence of public consultation and is not backed up by science or long-term thinking, says the professional association representing some 1,000 forest scientists, researchers and …
Celebrating the role of science in our forests
19 August 2021
National Science Week 2021
The Institute of Foresters of Australia and Australian Forest Growers (IFA/AFG) is celebrating the role that forest science plays in ensuring a healthy and resilient future for Australian society and the environment for National Science Week 2021.
IFA/AFG CEO Jacquie Martin highlighted the benefits of forest …
National Conference goes hybrid to increase accessibility
16 August 2021
IFA/AFG National Conference goes hybrid to increase accessibility
Your Forests, Our Future
11-14 October 2021
Forest scientists, professionals and growers in lockdown need not fear about missing the IFA/AFG National Conference of the year.
The Institute of Foresters of Australia and Australian Forest Growers (IFA/AFG) has announced its National Conference will be delivered both face-to-face and online …
United Nations climate change report calls for urgent action and forestry management must be part of the solution
10 August 2021
United Nations climate change report calls for urgent action and forestry management must be part of the solution The professional association representing some 1,000 forest scientists, researchers and professional forest land managers, the Institute of Foresters (IFA/AFG) says sustainable forestry management is an …
IFA/AFG welcomes paper reviewing the role of timber harvesting in the Black Summer bushfires
28 July 2021
A new paper reviewing the science behind claims that forest management and timber harvesting worsened the 2019/20 bushfires has been welcomed by the professional association representing some 1,000 scientific and professional forest land managers in Australia.
The 2019/20 fire season will be etched in Australia’s memory, given the extent and severity of …
Australian Forestry climbs journal ranks, impact factor leaps
13 July 2021
Australian Forestry climbs journal ranks, impact factor leaps Newly released analytics show that the impact of Australian Forestry, the journal of The Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA), rose significantly last year, highlighting the journal’s important role in the evidence-based approach of forestry.
The journal’s impact factor increased from 1.370 in 2019 to 1.900 …
Young professionals conference scholarship recipients
5 July 2021
Australia’s best and brightest young forestry professionals awarded scholarships to attend IFA/AFG National Conference
The Institute of Foresters of Australia and Australian Forest Growers (IFA/AFG) is delighted to announce that 21 Future Foresters and forestry professionals have been awarded scholarships to attend the IFA/AFG National Conference in Launceston from 11 – 14 October …
National Park declaration is easy – real management needs long-term thinking, people and budgets.
2 July 2021
This opinion piece appeared in the Weekly Times and Ballarat Courier.
The Victorian Government’s long-deferred decision to announce more National Parks in the West of Victoria last week dodges the real challenges of managing and conserving these forests. The Mt Cole – Pyrenees, Wombat, …
Forest science key to achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals
27 May 2021
Forest science key to achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals A new paper has highlighted the key role that forests, forest managers and forest science can play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs were agreed by nations globally in 2015 to tackle the world’s most pressing problems, such as hunger, …
Study highlights need to rethink forest policy and management for preventing wildfires
11 May 2021
Study highlights need to rethink forest policy and management for preventing wildfires A new study that found landscape spatial patterns and fire weather drove the severity of the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires, not past timber harvesting, has been welcomed by the professional association representing some …
New board members as IFA/AFG seek public opinion on name refresh
1 April 2021
The Institute of Foresters and Australian Forest Growers is delighted to welcome new Director, Jim Wilson and new Board Observer, Leon Holt, with the organisation also announcing it will seek public opinion on a new name as it looks to increase its reach and profile.
IFA/AFG President Bob Gordon said the …
Sustainable forestry the key to our future
International Day of Forests – Sunday, 21 March 2021
19 March 2021
As part of the United Nations International Day of Forests on Sunday 21 March 2021 the professional association representing some 1,000 scientific and professional forest land managers in Australia has highlighted the importance of forest science and the skilled, experienced forest managers …
A new shared vision for Australia’s forests
17 March 2021
A paper published yesterday in Australian Forestry has called for the development of a new shared vision for the management of Australia’s forests. The paper Reshaping forest management in Australia to provide nature-based solutions to global challenges, by Dr William Jackson and other members of the IFA/AFG, says it is time to …
Active and adaptive forest management key to addressing ecosystem decline
10 March 2021
Active and adaptive forest management key to addressing ecosystem decline The peak organisation representing some 1,000 scientific and professional forest land managers in Australia has told the Inquiry into Ecosystem Decline in Victoria that only active and adaptive land management supported by collective community action can address ecosystem decline directly and …
Foresters concerns confirmed – UTas researchers and academics to undergo integrity training
28 February 2021
Foresters concerns confirmed – UTas researchers and academics to undergo integrity training The Institute of Foresters of Australia and Australian Forest Growers thanks the University of Tasmania for its thorough investigation of our concerns that a recent academic paper on bushfires contained serious errors.
The University’s response makes it clear …
Australia’s female forest scientists – bringing new solutions to our environment, business and future.
11 February 2021
The peak organisation representing some 1,000 professional and scientific forest land managers in Australia is urging women and girls to embrace the opportunities available in the sector.
As part of International Day of Women and Girls in Science (Thursday February 11) the Institute of …
- MEDIA RELEASE: State Government plantation land going to waste, Australia’s largest carbon offsets project goes begging, while endangered Cockatoos suffer.
MEDIA RELEASE: State Government plantation land going to waste, Australia’s largest carbon offsets project goes begging, while endangered Cockatoos suffer.
State Government plantation land going to waste, Australia’s largest carbon offsets project goes begging, while endangered Cockatoos suffer.
10 February 2021
State Government plantation land going to waste, Australia’s largest carbon offsets project goes begging, while endangered Cockatoos suffer.
The Institute of Foresters of Australia and Australian Forest Growers (IFA/AFG) is calling for the Western Australian government to take urgent action …
IFA/AFG Director recognised with Australian Fire Service Medal
2 February 2021
The Institute of Foresters of Australia and Australian Forest Growers (IFA/AFG) has congratulated Director Dr Lachlan (Lachie) McCaw for being awarded the prestigious Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) as part of the Australia Day Honours.
Dr McCaw received the medal, which recognises distinguished service by members of Australian fire services, for his ability to …
K’gari Bushfire Review an opportunity to address Queensland’s fire response and prevention shortcomings
22 January 2021
The peak organisation representing some 1,000 professional and scientific forest land managers in Australia has made a submission to the K’gari (Fraser Island) Bushfire Review, calling for a greater focus on year-round bushfire prevention activities over the use of water bombing aircraft. Institute of …
Misleading report conflates sustainable forestry with deforestation
15 January 2021
The professional association representing some 1,000 forest scientists, researchers and professional forest land managers, the Institute of Foresters (IFA/AFG), has sought to clarify misleading commentary from the WWF conflating sustainable forestry with deforestation.
“Land clearing or land-use change is when forests are converted for example to urban development and agriculture,” Mr Gordon said.
New appointments grow IFA/AFG board capacity and diversity
14 December, 2020
New appointments grow IFA/AFG board capacity and diversity The Institute of Foresters of Australia and Australian Forest Growers (IFA/AFG) is delighted to announce the appointments of a new Vice President and board member, with Dr Michelle Freeman elected as Vice President and Jan Newport joining as Director.
Returning IFA/AFG President Bob …
Fraser Island Fire
11 December, 2020
K’gari Bushfire Review opportunity to address fire response and prevention shortcomings
The peak organisation representing some 1,000 professional and scientific forest land managers in Australia has welcomed the announcement of the K’gari (Fraser Island) Bushfire Review, hoping it will be a catalyst for a greater focus on bushfire prevention activities over the excess …
IFA/AFG respond to Tasmanian doctors’ forestry claims
6 November, 2020
IFA/AFG respond to Tasmanian doctors’ forestry claims The peak organisation representing some 1,000 professional and scientific forest land managers in Australia have responded to a public letter from Tasmanian doctors calling for Premier Peter Gutwein to end the harvesting of native forests.
Institute of Foresters of Australia and Australian Forest Growers (IFA/AFG) …
Bushfire Royal Commission report lacks vision
30 October 2020
Underwhelming Bushfire Royal Commission report lacks vision needed to address Australia’s bushfire woes
The Bushfire Royal Commission’s final report is totally underwhelming and fails to address the current imbalance between fire prevention and fire response says the Institute of Foresters (IFA/AFG), the professional association representing some 1,000 forest scientists, researchers and professional forest managers in Australia.
Bushfire Royal Commission
26 October, 2020
Bush Fire Royal Commission task to simply recommend findings of previous 58 inquiries
The professional association representing some 1,000 forest scientists, researchers and forest professional managers, the Institute of Foresters (IFA/AFG) has called on the Bush Fire Royal Commission to simply audit and implement the last 58 inquiries, reviews and Royal Commissions on …
Federal Government cuts to university environmental studies short sighted
21 October 2020
The professional association representing some 1,000 forest scientists, researchers and professional forest managers, the Institute of Foresters (IFA/AFG) have highlighted a near one third cut to university funding of environmental studies courses as being short sighted.
IFA/AFG President Bob Gordon said at a time when the nation needs more students and money invested …
Forest management does not cause extinction
8 October, 2020
Ecological forest management protects forest flora and fauna, not a threat
The professional association representing some 1,000 forest scientists, researchers and professional forest land managers, the Institute of Foresters (IFA/AFG), has highlighted there are no forest operations in Australia that have been identified as the reason for any extinctions of forest dwelling flora …
Private forest growers welcome expanded bushfire relief eligibility
12 August 2020
The Institute of Foresters of Australia and Australian Forest Growers (IFA/AFG) have welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to expand eligibility criteria and extend the application timeframe for the $75,000 Primary Producer bushfire recovery grants.
IFA/AFG Vice President and Chair of the Forest Growers Committee, Kevin Harding said the announcement was a win for private …
Royal Commission into National Natural Disasters 2020
15 July 2020
Australia’s fire-prone landscape deserves better land and fire management. Just like the 242 related Inquiries and Reviews conducted in Australia before it, the current Royal Commission looking into natural disasters in Australia risks being held back by political expediency, community apathy, short memories and populist decision making.
Given the extent of the impact of the …
Bushfire Royal Commission: Specialist skills and year round land management key to reducing risk
7 July 2020
Understanding the specialist skill set needed to fight forest fires and investing in year-round land management and fire prevention activity is the best way to avoid the widescale loss of lives, property and biodiversity experienced last summer according to the Institute of Foresters …
Support for thinning regrowth forests in the south-west
17 June 2020
The organisation representing forest managers and private forest owners has welcomed calls for action on ecological thinning of regrowth forests in the south-west of Western Australia. Institute of Foresters and Australian Forest Growers spokesman John Clarke said that thinning of dense regrowth forests can provide a variety of benefits …
IFA/AFG supports clarification as a result of VicForests Federal Court case
28 May 2021
The peak organisation for forest scientists and land managers, the Institute of Foresters Australia and Australian Forest Growers (IFA/AFG) supports clarification of the Federal Court decision finding VicForests had not followed what appear to be conflicting Federal and State Government rules to protect endangered species.
IFA/AFG President, …
IFA/AFG response to CRCNA Northern forestry and forest products industry situation analysis
15 May 2020
The IFA / AFG welcome the release of the Northern forestry and forest products industry situation analysis by the Co-operative Research Centre of Northern Australia (CRCNA).
The situation analysis identifies several of the emerging and potential opportunities in the forest products sector, an aspect of the …
Peak land management professionals issue support for bushfire recovery harvesting
1 May 2020
The peak organisation for forest land managers and scientists, the Institute of Foresters Australia and Australian Forest Growers (IFA/AFG) has reaffirmed its support of bushfire recovery harvesting subject to strict controls.
Earlier this year, the Institute of Foresters Australia released a position paper on bushfire recovery harvesting which stated a blanket no …
Bushfire Royal Commission: More lives at risk without prevention
28 April 2020
Australia should urgently accept that bushfire prevention rather than suppression is the only way to avoid the widescale loss of lives, property and biodiversity experienced last summer according to the Institute of Foresters of Australia and Australian Forest Growers (IFA/AFG).
The peak organisation representing over 1,000 professional and scientific forest land managers have …
Prescribed burning saves lives, property and biodiversity
22 April 2020
A new research paper arguing prescribed burning can save lives, property and biodiversity has been strongly welcomed by the Institute of Foresters Australia and Australian Forest Growers (IFA/AFG).
Morgan et al.’s Prescribed burning in south-eastern Australia – history and future directions concludes that: “As the climate in south-eastern Australia becomes warmer and drier, …
Bushfire review: Prevention is better than cure
21 April 2020
The peak organisation representing over 1,000 professional and scientific forest land managers have stressed the need to prioritise broadscale fire preparedness in place of fire suppression as they put forward their submission to the Independent Review into South Australia’s 2019/20 bushfire season.
Institute of Foresters of Australia and Australian Forest Growers …
IFA/AFG fells myths on native forest harvesting
8 April 2020
The peak organisation representing some 1,000 professional and scientific forest land managers and growers have released a position paper outlining the raft of socio-economic and environmental values active native forest management provides to Australia.
Institute of Foresters of Australia and Australian Forest Growers (IFA/AFG) President, Bob Gordon said the IFA/AFG had …
Victorian RFA extension welcome but more needs to be done
2 April 2020
The peak organisation representing professional foresters, scientists, land managers and commercial tree-growers in Australia, the Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA – incorporating Australian Forest Growers) has given muted approval to the decision by the Australian and Victorian Governments to see the Regional Forest Agreements extended to …
Act now, before it’s too late: Bushfire Royal Commission Terms of Reference
21 February 2020
The Institute of Foresters Australia and Australian Forest Growers has welcomed the Terms of Reference of the Royal Commission into Bushfires as signed off on by the Governor-General today but says action must be taken sooner rather than later to ensure the nation is better …
Considerations for growers impacted by fire
Following on from the devastating 2019/2020 bushfire season, the IFA/AFG have provided a few considerations to assist agroforesters and small private growers to navigate their post fire recovery
Communication is key … as in marketing all timber from small blocks you need to be in touch with local contractors and processors to assess whether there …
Bushfire recovery harvesting appropriate subject to strict controls
31 January 2020
Suggestions a blanket no to recovery harvesting operations is too simplistic and a one size fits all approach should not be adopted.
A systematic plan that takes into consideration a range of matters such as protecting the diversity of the forest environment, local community needs and economic values needs to …
Key principles to understanding prescribed burning
16 January, 2020
Peak body for forest managers and growers releases key principles to understanding prescribed burning as a land management tool for bushfire mitigation (also known as hazard reduction burning, control burning and fuel reduction, amongst other names)
With the devastating bushfires continuing, the peak body for forest managers – the Institute of Foresters, which …
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Kangaroo Island
16 January 2020
The Adelaide Advertiser published a Letter to the Editor from IFA/AFG Member and Managing Director of Kangaroo Island Plantations Keith Lamb. I attended the Kangaroo Island fires in an active response role between 20 December and January 5, and remained on the island to assist with recovery while the mop up continues.
Grants to support fire impacted farm foresters & small-scale rural investors
15 January 2020
The IFA/AFG issued a media release on Wednesday 15 January, which welcomed the announcement by the Federal Government of support packages of up to $75,000 grants for Primary Producers affected by the bushfire crisis.
“Our members appreciate the response of firefighters, governments, volunteers and professional land managers …
Evidence does not support ABC conclusion that catchment is at risk
21 November, 2019
The Institute of Foresters of Australia is frustrated at the national broadcaster, once again, misrepresenting evidence to support dubious claims, this time in its story about water catchments. IFA President Bob Gordon has said the ABC report ‘is unbalanced and is highly speculative.’ ‘There …
Andrews Government must reverse its forestry ban
8 November, 2019
Australia’s premier professional body for forest scientists, forest managers and forest growers, the Institute of Foresters of Australia and Australian Forest Growers has condemned the Andrews Government decision to end natural forestry in Victoria as ‘short-sighted.’
Bob Gordon, Federal President of the IFA said, ‘The Andrews Government ban …
Four Corners – Extinction Nation Correspondence
1 August 2019
In response to the Four Corners ‘Extinction Nation’ episode that aired on 24 June 2019, the IFA has issued a letter of complaint to the ABC expressing concerns over the bias and lack of balance. We believe that the Extinction Nation episode represented bias on forest issues and the ABC neglected the …
Central West communities snubbed by Victorian Government
11 July, 2019
The Victorian Government has ignored the concerns of rural communities in its rush to create more national parks.
The Institute of Foresters of Australia calls on Minister d’Ambrosio to direct the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC) to follow its legislated charter which requires VEAC to adhere to the principles of ‘ecologically sustainable …
Firefighting At Night
1 July 2019
The IFA recently released its position paper on firefighting at night. The applicability of firefighting at night has been challenged in many inquiries over the past few decades as greater attention to workplace safety standards have been applied. Clearly, firefighting is not an operation that can be treated like a factory floor where all …
Multiple-use forests of more benefit than a new national park say forest scientists
1 January, 2019
Euan Ferguson, Victorian Chair of the Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA), says there is no benefit in creating a ‘Great Forest National Park’ in Victoria’s Central Highlands forests.
Mr Ferguson, said: ‘Most of the region’s forests are already contained in conservation …
Fire, Fire, Fire
1 January, 2019
Please find link to a media release from the Institute of Foresters of Australia calling on the Federal and State Governments to fund further scientific research into the important and complex role that fire plays in the evolution and maintenance of Australian ecosystems. The Climate Council reports that bushfires already cost about $100 million every year in …