Jolly medals recognise peak service to Australian forestry
First woman to be honoured in 58-year history of the award
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,
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.