Forester of the Year leaves his mark

New Zealand Logger - - Nzif Conference 2017 -

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.

NZL

Garth Cum­ber­land with the 2017 Forester of the Year Award.

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