Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is the key for pri­vate and farm foresters

Australian Forests and Timber - - AUSTRALIAN FOREST GROWERS -

THE AUS­TRALIAN For­est Grow­ers Bi­en­nial Na­tional Con­fer­ence in Launce­s­ton (2326 Oc­to­ber) will chal­lenge speak­ers and del­e­gates from all parts of the pri­vate for­est grower en­ter­prise to show how and why pri­vate and farm forests pro­vide a di­verse range of so­cial, eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal val­ues to be shared, man­aged and en­joyed by lo­cal and re­gional com­mu­ni­ties in Aus­tralia and else­where.

The con­fer­ence theme is ‘Make the Right Choice’. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is the prin­ci­pal ob­jec­tive of the three-day con­fer­ence pro­gram con­sist­ing of up to 40 ‘face-to­face’ speak­ers and pre­sen­ters. Com­pre­hen­sive field tours and so­cial func­tions will pro­vide mem­bers and del­e­gates with an un­ri­valled op­por­tu­nity to meet one another, the speak­ers, in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives, re­searchers and trade ex­hibitors to share their ‘tree grow­ing’ knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence and to learn about lat­est prac­ti­cal and tech­ni­cal de­vel­op­ments in sil­vi­cul­ture, pro­cess­ing and mar­ket­ing.

The fol­low­ing four con­fer­ence streams have been iden­ti­fied to show­case up-to-date knowl­edge, in­dus­try, re­search and in­no­va­tion in Aus­tralia:

A. In­vest­ment Ra­tio­nale (Why in­vest in forestry?)

B. Sus­tain­abil­ity and En­vi­ron­ment

C. For­est Growth and Pro­duc­tiv­ity

D. Re­search, In­no­va­tion and Com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion

The Con­fer­ence Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee (COC) in­vites pa­pers and poster pre­sen­ta­tions from a broad range of in­ter­est, back­ground and ex­per­tise. The pro­gram is de­signed to in­clude per­sonal grower ex­pe­ri­ences and case stud­ies of an anec­do­tal and prac­ti­cal na­ture; the pre­sen­ta­tion and dis­cus­sion of in­dus­trial, so­cial, sil­vi­cul­tural and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues re­lat­ing to the sci­ence and sus­tain­abil­ity of pri­vate and farm forestry; through to schol­arly and philo­soph­i­cal ar­gu­ments about pol­icy, plan­ning and mar­ket­ing in a rapidly evolv­ing eco­nomic and so­cial en­vi­ron­ment.

AFG Con­fer­ence or­gan­is­ers in­vite you to de­liver a pa­per and/or poster pre­sen­ta­tion at the con­fer­ence, via the first step of sub­mit­ting a Draft Ab­stract to be re­ceived elec­tron­i­cally by 31 March 2016.

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