AFS Award pays tribute to Richard Stanton
INDUSTRY WILL pay tribute to a man who devoted his life to sustainable forest management in Australia and internationally at an all-industry dinner in Melbourne. The inaugural Richard Stanton Memorial Award for Excellence will be presented at the dinner, organised by Australian Forestry Standard Ltd, on October 22 at the prestigious Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium. With the theme ‘Using Wood is Good. Using Certified Wood is Better’, the dinner will be held at the aquarium’s Upper Deck in a venue that is home to more than 10,000 sea creatures, including one of the world’s largest saltwater crocodiles. The life of Mr Stanton, who was CEO and national secretary of Australian Forestry Standard Ltd, was claimed in a tragic bicycle accident in Canberra earlier this year. He was 49. He had previously held a number of key roles in the Australian Plantation Products and Paper Industry Council (A3P); Australian Paper Industry Council; Plantation Timber Association of Australia; National Association of Forest Industries; and State Forests NSW. AFS Ltd chair Kate Carnell said Mr Stanton’s knowledge, commitment and enthusiasm for the Australian forest standard was extraordinary. “He had always been devoted to expanding sustainable forests,” she said. Ms Carnell said nominations for the Richard Stanton Award for Excellence were open to individuals who had contributed significantly to either forest management or chain of custody certification under the Australian Forestry Standard Certification System. The award nominees will be those who have contributed to sustainable forest management under AS4708 or chain of custody under AS4707. The award is open to, but not restricted to, forest owners and managers; chain of custody certificate holders; staff of certification bodies; forest scientists and researchers; and designers of products manufactured from sustainable timber.