The dinner was also attended by the State Minister for Resources, Guy Barnett, the Executive Director of Engineering and Information Sciences for the Australian Research Council, Dr Robert Mun, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research of the University of Tasmania, Professor Anthony Koutoulis, and Executive Dean of the College of Sciences and Engineering, Professor Brian Yates. Board members, Senior Executives and Managers representing a number of industry organisations and Centre partners also attended.
STAFF PLANTING DAY AT MARCHWEIL
The historic property of Marchwiel at Marion Bay in Tasmania’s southeast was the site of a mass restoration planting in September involving a large number of staff from the Centre. The planting is part of two research trials which will not only help increase biodiversity at the property but guide climate-resilient restoration plantings and inform conservation strategies into the future. The trials involve two species - Eucalyptus morrisbyi and Eucalyptus viminalis - both under threat at their existing distribution locations.
Watch Dr Tanya Bailey and Dr Rebecca Jones describe the research trials in the video below.
SUCCESS FOR SUE BAKER
Centre for Forest Value Associate, Dr. Sue Baker, has been awarded a 2019 Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council. ARC Future Fellows are selected as outstanding mid-career researchers who will undertake high quality research in areas of national and international benefit over the next four years. Sue will receive $775,000 in award funding from the ARC and additional funding and support from UTAS.
During the fellowship, Sue aims to resolve a long-standing debate about whether ‘land sparing’ or ‘land sharing’ is the better strategy for reconciling the need for timber production and forest biodiversity conservation.
"PhD students and I will collaborate with the Tasmanian timber industry to conduct a landscape-scale study to extend the land sparing vs land sharing paradigm over from agriculture to forestry," said Sue.
"We will survey plants and animals along a disturbance gradient, from unlogged forests through managed native and plantation forests," she said.
The study will be relevant to land-use decisions including resolving future land-use of Future Potential Production Forests.
XXV IUFRO WORLD CONGRESS
The Centre was well represented at the 25th World Congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organisations held in Brazil from 29 September to 5 October.
The Congress was a packed program of presentations and field trips over seven days, attended by 3000 delegates, including four of our PhD Candidates - Rose Brinkhoff, Nicolo Camarretta, Michelle Balasso and Zara Marais - who all presented papers.
The students also joined the post-congress tour of the Amazon biome. Highlights included visits to a Brazil nut farm that aims to restore previously-cleared areas through establishment of Brazil nut plantations; forest ecology research sites run by INPA (National Institute of Amazonian Research); and a sustainable forestry operation called Precious Woods Amazonas which manages more than 500,000 hectares of Amazon rainforest for selective harvesting of high value timber.