Responsible Wood Chair recognised in the Australia Day Honours

Dr Hans Driesma, a respected forester and Chair of Responsible Wood who has contributed enormously to the global acceptance of forest management and certification has been awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day Honors. Hobart-based Dr Johannes (Hans) Drielsma, chair, Responsible Wood, has played a leading role in the development of the Australian Forest Certification Scheme, and…

AFS Ltd becomes Responsible Wood

Australian Forestry Standard Ltd has changed its name to Responsible Wood. The change, announced in Hobart on November 21, reflects the company’s commitment to implementing a clear consumer-focused strategy about the sustainability of certified Australian wood products. “Our new name, Responsible Wood, and shield logo, reflect the transformational change we are embarking on as we begin to proactively raise awareness…

Charlotte Chapel wins Timber Design Award

Now in its 18th year, The Australian Timber Design Awards highlights, promotes and encourages a timber design ethos by showcasing outstanding timber design in a variety of applications. This year, Australian Forestry Standard attended the awards night as proud sponsors of the Australian Certified Timber Award. A coveted award that recognises the use of certified timber from sustainably managed forests. The…

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The Role of Certified Timber in Building Sustainable Cities

  The forest industry – and its place in sustainable living – took a pivotal role at the 10th Making Cities Liveable Conference in Brisbane recently where the AFS exhibit explained the Australian Forest Certification Scheme, chain of custody systems and sustainable forest management practices to delegates. Visitors to the stand represented a wide cross-section of government, academic and industry professionals…

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,…