Forester of the Year leaves his mark
THE 2017 WINNER OF THE FORESTER OF the Year award will long be remembered for his work in championing the industry.
That’s because Garth Cumberland is heading the team that is developing a National Policy Statement on Forestry that is designed to last for 100 years.
But his three-year project on the policy was overshadowed at the New Zealand Institute of Forestry annual conference in Rotorua when he was presented with the award for outstanding contribution to the industry.
Although NZIF President, James Treadwell, pointed out that Garth actually started in agricultural research and sheep farming, before moving into forestry as a consultant. And, he was refused membership of the NZIF at first because his qualifications were in agriculture, not forestry, before his application was accepted.
James says Garth has made a tremendous contribution to forestry over the years and has “passionately advocated” the need for a national forest policy
“It has been his tireless effort and attention to countless detail, which has maintained the momentum, particularly in this election year, recognising that if foresters do not demand better for New Zealand forests then no one will,” says James.
The NZIF Forester of the Year Award is one of the highest accolades the Institute can bestow. It recognises an NZIF member who has made an outstanding contribution to either the forestry profession or the forestry sector. The award recognises leadership, excellence and personal integrity, particularly where this demonstrates the character and strength of the forestry profession.
Garth Cumberland with the 2017 Forester of the Year Award.