Tall Sugar Pines Win Contest for Robyn

We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2017 AFS Photographer of the Year Award. Our photo contest called on photographers across Australia to show us what forests mean to them. And they really delivered with a diverse range of entries that highlighted the enjoyment our forests give to visitors from all walks of life. Robyn MacRae of Tumut,…

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New Chairman for Australian Forestry Standard Ltd

Respected forester Dr Hans Drielsma has been elected chairman of Australian Forestry Standard Ltd. Hans, who has served as interim chairman since the resignation of Kate Carnell AO at the AFS AGM in Sydney last year, was elected at a recent meeting of the AFS board of directors. Since its inception, Hans has been taken a leading role in the…

Queensland cypress sector considers group certification

PROCESSORS in western Queensland’s cypress sector are considering a low-cost group chain-of-custody certification scheme following a presentation at Dalby by Australian Forestry Standard CEO Simon Dorries. Gathering at a cypress certification meeting in western Queensland are, from left, Todd Lewis, Walker Cypress, Mitchell Goodchild, Yuleba Cypress, Roger Brent, Hurfords, Mick Stephens, CEO, Timber Queensland, Vic Gersekowski, Vic’s Timber, Simon Dorries,…

‘Packaged’ tour tagged with PEFC sustainability label

PEFC International’s Secretary General, Ben Gunneberg, was in Australia recently meeting stakeholders and visiting paper and packaging operations in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as addressing AusPak, the largest processing and packaging event in the southern hemisphere at Sydney showgrounds. He has taken 25 flights and visited more than 100 countries this year carrying the standard of the Program for…

Snap! Forest experience photo contest launched

As governing body for PEFC international in Australia, Australian Forestry Standard Ltd is promoting a nation-wide photo contest, aimed at raising awareness of the importance of sustainable forest management and certification. AFS CEO Simon Dorries said the contest theme – ‘experience forests, experience PEFC’ – would enable participants to submit photos that fit this theme. “This could embrace many topics,…

Certification visit well packaged for PEFC Chief

CERTIFICATION systems used by Australia’s multi-million-dollar packaging industry will be high on the agenda for PEFC International CEO Ben Gunneberg during meetings with stakeholders in March. The Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification is the world’s largest forest certification scheme. Paper and board (folding, corrugated board or cardboard for liquids) holds leadership in global packaging consumption, valued at more than…