17 Apr 2014 - Elizabeth Fowler
Students from Indonesia, Vietnam, Colombia,
Tanzania and India were among 20 forestry students from Southern Cross University
who got a hands-on understanding of native forest silviculture and operations
during a field trip to Coffs Harbour's State forests last week.
Forestry Corporation of NSW's Harvest Team
Leader Justin Black said the students inspected forest regeneration and timber
harvesting in Lower Bucca and Orara East State Forests, north of Coffs Harbour.
"The State forests along the Coffs Coast
have been harvested and regenerated many times and offer students a solid
insight into the many aspects of forest management," Mr Black said.
"As well as boasting an array of biodiversity,
these forests are open for community recreation and supply timber to local
industry for everything from electricity poles and structural timber to pallets
for transporting and distributing consumer goods.
"Forest management is not just about
applying silvicultural systems to encourage healthy regeneration, it is about
striking a balance between protecting biodiversity, producing a valued product,
managing safety and engaging with community.
"NSW State forests are certified
sustainable, so sharing our forest management principles with students from
around the globe is also an important way to promote sustainable forestry on a
Lina Garcia Florez, from Colombia, who is
studying a Master of Forest Science and Management at Southern Cross University
said the field trip was a valuable
"As international students, we are encouraged to learn and identify the
techniques, knowledge, skills and tools being carried out in several fields in
Australia, in order to be able replicate them when we go back to our countries and
consequently to improve the activities and development initiatives there," she
were able to see firsthand that the operations and management activities of Forestry
Corporation of NSW's Harvest Team follow worldwide standards
for sustainability and productivity."
Media contact: Elizabeth Fowler 9407 4265 / 0408 779 903