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2101, 2022

January 21st, 2022|Latest News|

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

2001, 2022

January 20th, 2022|Latest News|


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

1401, 2022

January 14th, 2022|Latest News, Media Release|

Forestry Australia calls for science to justify native harvesting decision

MEDIA RELEASE
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

2212, 2021

December 22nd, 2021|Latest News, New Forester Magazine|

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1712, 2021

December 17th, 2021|Latest News, Media Release|

New website continues Forestry Australia refresh

MEDIA RELEASE
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

2511, 2021

November 25th, 2021|Latest News, Media Release|

Forest scientists say new approaches needed to address escalating forest wars

MEDIA RELEASE
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

1410, 2021

October 14th, 2021|Latest News, Media Release|

Forestry Australia Conference Wrap, Jolly Medal & Prince of Wales Award

MEDIA RELEASE
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

1310, 2021

October 13th, 2021|Media Release|


Forestry Australia announces new Directors, finds member satisfaction and retention higher than ever

MEDIA RELEASE
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

1210, 2021

October 12th, 2021|Media Release|

New shared vision urgently needed for Australia’s forests

MEDIA RELEASE
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

1110, 2021

October 11th, 2021|Media Release|

IFA/AFG announces new identity – Forestry Australia

MEDIA RELEASE
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

710, 2021

October 7th, 2021|Media Release|

New Name for IFA/AFG to Reflect the Future of Forestry

MEDIA RELEASE
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

3009, 2021

September 30th, 2021|Media Release|

Indigenous knowledge & shackles of wilderness – Study

MEDIA RELEASE
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

1709, 2021

September 17th, 2021|Media Release|


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.”

Click HERE to read the

809, 2021

September 8th, 2021|Media Release|

WA call another example of ‘thought-bubble policy’ on native forestry

MEDIA RELEASE
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

1908, 2021

August 19th, 2021|Latest News, Media Release|

Celebrating the role of science in our forests

MEDIA RELEASE
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

1608, 2021

August 16th, 2021|Latest News, Media Release|

National Conference goes hybrid to increase accessibility

MEDIA RELEASE
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

1008, 2021

August 10th, 2021|Latest News, Media Release|

United Nations climate change report calls for urgent action and forestry management must be part of the solution

MEDIA RELEASE
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

2807, 2021

July 28th, 2021|Media Release|


IFA/AFG welcomes paper reviewing the role of timber harvesting in the Black Summer bushfires

MEDIA RELEASE
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

1307, 2021

July 13th, 2021|Latest News, Media Release|

Australian Forestry climbs journal ranks, impact factor leaps

MEDIA RELEASE
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

507, 2021

July 5th, 2021|Latest News, Media Release|

Young professionals conference scholarship recipients

MEDIA RELEASE
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

207, 2021

July 2nd, 2021|Latest News|

National Park declaration is easy – real management needs long-term thinking, people and budgets.

OPINION PIECE
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,

2705, 2021

May 27th, 2021|Uncategorised|

Forest science key to achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals

MEDIA RELEASE
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,

1105, 2021

May 11th, 2021|Latest News, Media Release|

Study highlights need to rethink forest policy and management for preventing wildfires

MEDIA RELEASE
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

104, 2021

April 1st, 2021|Uncategorised|

New board members as IFA/AFG seek public opinion on name refresh

MEDIA RELEASE
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

2103, 2021

March 21st, 2021|Uncategorised|

Sustainable forestry the key to our future
International Day of Forests – Sunday, 21 March 2021

MEDIA RELEASE
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

1703, 2021

March 17th, 2021|Latest News, Media Release|

A new shared vision for Australia’s forests

MEDIA RELEASE
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

1003, 2021

March 10th, 2021|Latest News, Media Release|

Active and adaptive forest management key to addressing ecosystem decline

MEDIA RELEASE
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

2802, 2021

February 28th, 2021|Latest News, Media Release|

Foresters concerns confirmed – UTas researchers and academics to undergo integrity training

MEDIA RELEASE
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

1102, 2021

February 11th, 2021|Uncategorised|

Australia’s female forest scientists – bringing new solutions to our environment, business and future.

MEDIA RELEASE
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

1002, 2021

February 10th, 2021|Latest News, Media Release|

State Government plantation land going to waste, Australia’s largest carbon offsets project goes begging, while endangered Cockatoos suffer.

MEDIA RELEASE
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

202, 2021

February 2nd, 2021|Latest News, Media Release|

IFA/AFG Director recognised with Australian Fire Service Medal

MEDIA RELEASE
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

2201, 2021

January 22nd, 2021|Latest News, Media Release|

K’gari Bushfire Review an opportunity to address Queensland’s fire response and prevention shortcomings

MEDIA RELEASE
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

1501, 2021

January 15th, 2021|Uncategorised|

Misleading report conflates sustainable forestry with deforestation

MEDIA RELEASE
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.

1412, 2020

December 14th, 2020|Latest News, Media Release|

New appointments grow IFA/AFG board capacity and diversity

MEDIA RELEASE
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

1112, 2020

December 11th, 2020|Latest News, Media Release|

Fraser Island Fire

MEDIA RELEASE
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

611, 2020

November 6th, 2020|Latest News, Media Release|

IFA/AFG respond to Tasmanian doctors’ forestry claims

MEDIA RELEASE
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)

3010, 2020

October 30th, 2020|Latest News, Media Release|

Bushfire Royal Commission report lacks vision

MEDIA RELEASE
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.

Chair

2610, 2020

October 26th, 2020|Latest News, Media Release|

Bushfire Royal Commission

MEDIA RELEASE
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

2110, 2020

October 21st, 2020|Latest News, Media Release|

Federal Government cuts to university environmental studies short sighted

MEDIA RELEASE
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

810, 2020

October 8th, 2020|Latest News, Media Release|

Forest management does not cause extinction

MEDIA RELEASE
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

1208, 2020

August 12th, 2020|Latest News, Media Release|

Private forest growers welcome expanded bushfire relief eligibility

MEDIA RELEASE
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

1507, 2020

July 15th, 2020|Latest News|

Royal Commission into National Natural Disasters 2020

OPINION PIECE
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

707, 2020

July 7th, 2020|Latest News, Media Release|

Bushfire Royal Commission: Specialist skills and year round land management key to reducing risk

MEDIA RELEASE
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

1706, 2020

June 17th, 2020|Latest News, Media Release|

Support for thinning regrowth forests in the south-west

MEDIA RELEASE
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

2805, 2020

May 28th, 2020|Latest News, Media Release|

IFA/AFG supports clarification as a result of VicForests Federal Court case

MEDIA RELEASE
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,

1505, 2020

May 15th, 2020|Latest News, Media Release|

IFA/AFG response to CRCNA Northern forestry and forest products industry situation analysis

MEDIA RELEASE
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

105, 2020

May 1st, 2020|Latest News, Media Release|

Peak land management professionals issue support for bushfire recovery harvesting

MEDIA RELEASE
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

2804, 2020

April 28th, 2020|Latest News, Media Release|

Bushfire Royal Commission: More lives at risk without prevention

MEDIA RELEASE
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

2204, 2020

April 22nd, 2020|Latest News, Media Release|

Prescribed burning saves lives, property and biodiversity

MEDIA RELEASE
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,

2104, 2020

April 21st, 2020|Latest News, Media Release|

Bushfire review: Prevention is better than cure

MEDIA RELEASE
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

804, 2020

April 8th, 2020|Latest News, Media Release|

IFA/AFG fells myths on native forest harvesting

MEDIA RELEASE
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

204, 2020

April 2nd, 2020|Latest News, Media Release|

Victorian RFA extension welcome but more needs to be done

MEDIA RELEASE
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

2102, 2020

February 21st, 2020|Latest News, Media Release|

Act now, before it’s too late: Bushfire Royal Commission Terms of Reference

MEDIA RELEASE
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

202, 2020

February 2nd, 2020|Latest News|

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

3101, 2020

January 31st, 2020|Latest News, Media Release|

Bushfire recovery harvesting appropriate subject to strict controls

MEDIA RELEASE
31 January 2020

Summary
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

1601, 2020

January 16th, 2020|Latest News, Media Release|

Key principles to understanding prescribed burning

MEDIA RELEASE
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

1601, 2020

January 16th, 2020|Latest News, Media Release|

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.

The

1501, 2020

January 15th, 2020|Latest News, Media Release|

Grants to support fire impacted farm foresters & small-scale rural investors

MEDIA RELEASE
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

2111, 2019

November 21st, 2019|Latest News, Media Release|

Evidence does not support ABC conclusion that catchment is at risk

MEDIA RELEASE
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

811, 2019

November 8th, 2019|Latest News, Media Release|

Andrews Government must reverse its forestry ban

MEDIA RELEASE
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

108, 2019

August 1st, 2019|Latest News|

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

1107, 2019

July 11th, 2019|Latest News, Media Release|

Central West communities snubbed by Victorian Government

MEDIA RELEASE
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

107, 2019

July 1st, 2019|Latest News|

Firefighting At Night

POSITION PAPER
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

101, 2019

January 1st, 2019|Latest News, Media Release|

Multiple-use forests of more benefit than a new national park say forest scientists

MEDIA RELEASE
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

101, 2019

January 1st, 2019|Latest News, Media Release|

Fire, Fire, Fire

MEDIA RELEASE
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

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