South­land forester wins Prince of Wales Award

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

A YOUNG SOUTH­LAND FORESTER HAS WON THE PRINCE OF WALES Award for Sus­tain­able Forestry for 2018.

David Saathof, who works out of the Ray­onier Matariki In­ver­cargill of­fice, is the se­cond New Zealan­der to be recog­nised with this pres­ti­gious award af­ter it was es­tab­lished here last year.

The award recog­nises en­gage­ment in the prin­ci­ples and prac­tice of sus­tain­able for­est man­age­ment in­clud­ing pol­icy, plan­ning, prac­tice and sound science-based land stew­ard­ship. Awardees must be com­mit­ted to pub­lic out­reach and knowl­edge ex­change, fo­cus­ing on the wise use and con­ser­va­tion of forests and for­est ecosys­tems.

The New Zealand In­sti­tute of Forestry, which has worked with the Prince to es­tab­lish the award, says David achieve­ments mark him out as an emerg­ing leader in sus­tain­able forestry in New Zealand.

“David joins a se­lect group of young lead­ers with a com­mon pas­sion for sus­tain­able forestry, from through­out the Com­mon­wealth, who now have an in­ter­na­tional plat­form to ex­change ideas, pro­mote sus­tain­abil­ity and share their knowl­edge,” says the NZIF.

“The award recog­nises that sus­tain­able forestry man­age­ment prin­ci­ples are fun­da­men­tal to the prac­tice of forestry in New Zealand.”

David grad­u­ated from the School of Forestry at the Univer­sity of Christchurch in 2015 with First Class Hon­ours and has been work­ing in South­land for Ray­onier Matariki since then, as a Har­vest Plan­ner and Road­ing En­gi­neer.

He has taken on the role of En­vi­ron­men­tal Co­or­di­na­tor for the re­gion and re­ceived an En­vi­ron­men­tal Award from the South­ern Wood Coun­cil in 2017. He has been recog­nised for his work in de­sign­ing low im­pact stream cross­ings and for his com­mu­nity out­reach work with lo­cal schools through South­land Youth Fu­tures, and a lo­cal catch­ment group.


David Saathof, win­ner of the 2018 Prince of Wales Award for Sus­tain­able Forestry.

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