Southland forester wins Prince of Wales Award
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.