AFS Award pays trib­ute to Richard Stan­ton

Australian Forests and Timber - - IN THE NEWS -

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.

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