VicForests wel­comes new Bio­di­ver­sity Con­ser­va­tion Re­search Man­ager

Australian Forests and Timber - - IN THE NEWS -

WILDLIFE CON­SER­VA­TION ex­pert Tim McBride re­cently joined VicForests as the new Bio­di­ver­sity Con­ser­va­tion Re­search Man­ager. He has been work­ing in the forestry in­dus­try for more than 22 years with a strong fo­cus in for­est ecol­ogy and wildlife con­ser­va­tion.

Tim is look­ing for­ward to us­ing his knowl­edge to fur­ther de­velop con­ser­va­tion plans that bal­ance the pro­tec­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment and an­i­mals with sustainable forestry.

“I’m look­ing to cre­ate more flex­i­ble plans to meet the needs of both the na­tive tim­ber in­dus­try and the pro­tec­tion of species and their habi­tat,” Tim said

“VicForests are com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing sus­tain­abil­ity; they aim for long-term en­vi­ron­men­tal, eco­nomic and in­dus­try-wide sus­tain­abil­ity and I want to be a part of that.

“In my role, I hope to fur­ther im­prove ex­ist­ing con­ser­va­tion plans and work with in­dus­try stake­hold­ers to help change some per­cep­tions other or­gan­i­sa­tions have of VicForests,” he said.

Tim is look­ing for­ward to con­tribut­ing to­wards the many re­search projects that VicForests is in­volved with and work­ing closely with the ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions lead­ing them.

“The re­sults from the Lead­beater’s Pos­sum sur­veys, Hol­lows De­vel­op­ment pro­ject and Re­growth Re­ten­tion Har­vest­ing tri­als are very en­cour­ag­ing.

“I have al­ready be­gan meet­ing with fel­low aca­demics and ex­perts in this field and hope to build long-term re­la­tion­ships and share knowl­edge and learnings with them dur­ing my time here.

“I am plan­ning on be­ing with VicForests for a long time,” he said.

Tim has joined VicForests af­ter many years re­search­ing for­est ecol­ogy and wildlife con­ser­va­tion across the west coast of Amer­ica work­ing pre­dom­i­nantly with Port Blakely Tree Farms and Han­cock Nat­u­ral Re­source Group dur­ing his ca­reer.

He re­cently moved to Vic­to­ria with his Aus­tralian wife to de­velop his skills in a new en­vi­ron­ment.

“I spent a lot of time re­search­ing am­phib­ians by look­ing into driv­ers of pop­u­la­tion trends and what their pre­ferred habi­tat looks like,” he said.

“I hope to help VicForests bet­ter un­der­stand the habi­tat re­quire­ments of Vic­to­ria’s threat­ened species in­clud­ing pos­sums, glid­ers and owls as well as other lesser knowns species such as frogs and toads.

“I also hope to gain a deeper un­der­stand­ing of Aus­tralian eco-sys­tems and learn more about Vic­to­ria’s na­tive species,” he said.

Tim will man­age the Re­search and De­vel­op­ment across all re­gions VicForests op­er­ates in.

Tim McBride, Bio­di­ver­sity Con­ser­va­tion Re­search Man­ager at VicForests.

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