Jolly medals recog­nise peak ser­vice to Aus­tralian forestry

First woman to be hon­oured in 58-year his­tory of the award

Australian Forests and Timber - - In The News -

The N.W. Jolly Medal is the In­sti­tute of Foresters of Aus­tralia’s high­est and most pres­ti­gious hon­our for out­stand­ing ser­vice to the pro­fes­sion of forestry, so, it was ap­pro­pri­ate that Dr Hans Drielsma, a for­mer Jolly Medal win­ner (2015), was the pre­sen­ter of this year’s awards dur­ing a packed Trop­i­cal Forestry Con­fer­ence din­ner at the Cairns In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel on Au­gust 15.

Re­ceiv­ing the hon­ours were Dr Chris­tine Stone, prin­ci­pal re­search sci­en­tist and leader of the for­est sci­ence team at the NSW Depart­ment of In­dus­tryLands and Forestry – the first woman in the his­tory of the Jolly Medal to win the award – and Rob Yule, OAM, a lon­gre­spected forester and chair­man of com­mu­nity group Aus­tralian Land­care In­ter­na­tional.

The prize, first pre­sented in 1959, hon­ours Nor­man Wil­liam Jolly (1882-1954) who made an out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to pro­fes­sional forestry in Aus­tralia in the first half of the 20th Cen­tury. It recog­nises the crit­i­cal im­por­tance of sci­ence and re­search and how this trans­lates into prac­ti­cal im­ple­men­ta­tion of a sus­tain­able forestry in­dus­try – some­thing that foresters have worked for and al­ways strongly ad­vo­cated.

Chris­tine Stone has been in­volved in for­est re­search for more than 30 year and is widely recog­nised as an ex­pert in for­est health and biose­cu­rity and the in­tro­duc­tion and adop­tion of new cut­tingedge dis­rup­tive sens­ing technology as­sess­ment.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the Univer­sity of Tas­ma­nia B.Agr.Sc (hons), Dr Stone un­der­took post­grad­u­ate stud­ies at the Im­pe­rial Col­lege, Lon­don, re­ceiv­ing an M.Sc in ap­plied en­to­mol­ogy, and then at Mac­quarie Univer­sity, Syd­ney, with con­fer­ral of a for re­source PhD. in for­est en­to­mol­ogy.

She has helped se­cure on-going cor­po­rate and pub­lic fund­ing for her for­est sci­ence team within the tight bud­getary en­vi­ron­ment that con­fronts forestry R&D in Aus­tralia. She has been in­stru­men­tal in the in­creased aware­ness by the forestry sec­tor of the emerg­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties pro­vided ac­quired,

3D data.

Rob Youl has been a tire­less cham­pion of the reestab­lish­ment of indige­nous trees and veg­e­ta­tion across Aus­tralia’s agri­cul­tural land­scape.

A ma­jor vi­sion­ary of Land­care for more than 30 years, not only in Vic­to­ria but through­out Aus­tralia and New Zealand, he is recog­nised in­ter­na­tion­ally for his work in this field.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the Vic­to­rian School of Forestry at the end of 1964 and com­plet­ing Na­tional Ser­vice and univer­sity de­grees in forestry and ecol­ogy, Mr Yule was a field forester with the Forests

Com­mis­sion Vic­to­ria at Mans­field, Creswick, Cann River and Mil­dura. He has since worked with the Land Con­ser­va­tion Coun­cil, FCV for­est ex­ten­sion branch, Green­ing Aus­tralia, Land­care Foun­da­tion Vic­to­ria, Land­care Aus­tralia, and the Car­bonS­mart project.

Ten years ago, Mr Yule helped es­tab­lish a small com­mu­nity group, Aus­tralian Land­care In­ter­na­tional, trav­el­ling to the US, Ger­many, New Zealand, Africa, Ja­maica and Ja­pan to spread the Land­care mes­sage in­ter­na­tion­ally. by re­motely high-res­o­lu­tion

■ Dr Hans Drielsma (left) presents N.W. Jolly awards to Rob Yule, OAM, and Dr Chris­tine Stone, while re­tir­ing IFA pres­i­dent Rob de Fégely looks on.

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