AU$500,000 alliance for USC forestry researchEighteen forestry stakeholders across Australia have contributed to a AU$500,000 alliance with the University of the Sunshine Coast to investigate new methods of improving their industry’s economic and environmental sustainability. The year-long USC Australian Forest Operations Research Alliance, which started last month, recognises the importance of building on the momentum of research in forest operations.
The Alliance Director is USC Professor of Forestry Operations Mark Brown, who joined the University this year from the University of Melbourne. “This is a huge outcome,” Professor Brown said of the alliance, which includes major firms like Hancock Queensland Plantations. The fact there is no leveraging of government funds says a lot about how much the industry values our research. By partnering with industry in this way, USC is staking its claim as a leader in forestry research.”
The alliance is signed until 30 June 2013. Professor Brown previously worked with USC as a partner in the Cooperative Research Centre for Forestry, a national research consortium based in Hobart. He has worked as a researcher and program manager in industry cooperative applied forest operations for more than 15 years in Canada and Australia.
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