Forestry Australia expanding science policy activities

Friday 24 Mar 2023

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 Forestry Australia to promote and advocate in a timely-manner for evidence-based forest management; raise Forestry Australia’s profile and improve outcomes for, and understanding of, science-based forestry.

Ms Martin said the strategic investment in the program is a response to members’ desire to improve advocacy and communication to the public and policy makers on science-based forest management and complement the work being undertaken by the Advocacy Committee, the Board and National Office.

Under this program, the Board is engaging the services of Dr Tony Bartlett and Dr Michelle Freeman for one day a week each until December 2023 to undertake a range of forest science policy activities. In December 2023 the Board will review the investment in these roles against the needs of membership as the organisation grows.

Dr Tony Bartlett has worked in Australian and international forestry for 47 years and is currently the Managing Director of Bartlett Forestry Consulting Pty Ltd. Dr Michelle Freeman (photo) is the current Forestry Australia President and is a passionate forester with a double degree in Forestry and Science (Ecology), and a PhD from the University of Melbourne.

Source: Forestry Australia

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