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Past workshops and field days

Participatory modelling workshops

These workshops looked at community engagement for today's forestry and were held in various locations around Australia in May 2012.

The CRC for Forestry offered forest managers the opportunity to review their community engagement processes and examine the influence of their corporate culture on CE practices. Using participatory modelling, the workshops introduced a new form of engagement for Australian forestry, providing hands-on experience.

Download the event flyer here.


Drought workshop

This workshop (21 February, 2012)  looked at how best to manage future impacts of drought risk and mortality in Australian forests.

Topics included:

  • physiology of drought – induced mortality
  • incorporating mortality into forest growth models
  • climatic drivers of mortality and regional drought risk assessment
  • drought impacts on wood quality
  • past experience and future needs in mitigating against drought

Speakers included:  Dr Mike Battaglia (CSIRO), Prof David Tissue (UWS), Prof Richard Harper (Murdoch Uni), Dr Christine Stone (Forests NSW), Dr Geoff Downes (CSIRO), Dr Tony O’Grady (CSIRO).


Forests and water workshop

This workshop (20 February, 2012) examined interactions between forests and water resources. Through projects in Programs one and four, CRC scientists have been measuring and modelling changes in stream flow and water quality in response to forest management interventions including harvesting, fuel reduction burning, thinning, plantation establishment and salvage logging after fire. The science has focused on understanding changes in hydrological processes and developing and testing predictive models.

This workshop presented the results of these endeavours and covered issues related to both native forest and plantation management. It also included a facilitated discussion of how best to maximise impact from the results within and beyond the life of the CRC.


CABALA/BPOS workshop

This workshop (26-27 October 2011) provided an overview of CABALA as well as training in using the model, setting up sites and understanding the outputs. 

A second day of the workshop provided an overview of the Blue gum Productivity Optimisation System (BPOS) and training in how to use it.

For more information, please contact Jody Bruce.


CRC for Forestry workshop: 'Generating renewable energy from forest residues: Opportunities, challenges and the latest research'

This workshop (14 April 2011, ANU, Canberra) explored current practice and future directions for harvesting forest biomass for energy production from the perspective of both forest plantation owners/managers and bioenergy producers. It also provided an overview of some of the latest research on forest biomass supply chains being undertaken in Australia, as well as presenting experience from Europe, which is leading the world in generating bioenergy from forest residue.

Presentations from this workshop are available for download here:

Pine plantation view - Dean Turner, HVP

Hardwood plantation view - Andrew Widdowson, Elders Forestry

Conversion overview and cost sensitivities - David Coote, UniMelb PhD

Latest from Italy and Europe - Raffaele Spinelli, IVALSA

Latest from Australia - Mohommad Ghaffariyan and Damian Walsh, CRC for Forestry

Fuels for Schools and Beyond - Dave Atkins, US Forest Service

Energy Pellett production experience - Dick Allen, Plantation Energy

Workshop program


For more information, contact Mark Brown (mwbrown@unimelb.edu.au).


CRC for Forestry workshops: 'Improving forest operations with onboard computer systems'

Presented with the support of Forest and Wood Products Australia, a free series of workshops was held around Australia in March 2011 to introduce a guide to the selection and implementation of onboard computer technology for forest operations. International experience in forest harvesting and in related industries has shown significant savings can be made by using onboard computers to get expensive equipment working more effectively.  The guide has been developed from field experience and case studies undertaken in partnership with forest machine owners and forest managers in Australia.

For more information, contact Mark Brown (mwbrown@unimelb.edu.au)


Micro bat field event  3 March 2011

The Forest Practices Authority of Tasmania held a field evening in Tasmania on 3 March 2011 aimed at forest planners and other interested persons to introduce Tasmanian bat species.

Please see the attached flyer for details.

Topics covered included an introduction to the bat species of Tasmania and their conservation status, their role in ecosystems, their habitat and habitat management, and a demonstration of how to directly and indirectly survey Tasmanian bats by using trapping and bat call survey techniques.

Lisa Cawthen, a postgraduate student with the CRC for Forestry gave a brief overview of her project which is investigating how the availability of forest in the landscape affects use of remnants by bats and species composition.


Past seminars and meetings

Seminar and informal discussions

This seminar (June 21 2012) examined forests and conversion technologies for the emerging bio-economy. Dr Florian Graichen, senior research scientist, CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, was the presenter, sharing his experience in this field as a chemist with an eye on potential feedstocks from plantations and other forests.


Environmental science seminar

This presentation on the adoption of community engagement (CE) in Australian forest plantation companies(16 May 2012), provided an overview of the impact of corporate culture on CE adoption within Australian forest plantation companies. CE is essential for sustainably managed forestry. It is essential for ethical management and to ensure positive relationships with a company’s stakeholders. Previous research has identified that CE by plantation companies can be limited by corporate culture. Melissa discussed the various attributes of corporate culture that can influence a company’s commitment to CE, including management commitment and company formal processes. She provided an overview of her PhD research, investigating the corporate culture of two Australian plantation forest companies.


Forestry talks

This talk (28 March 2012) covered the topic 'Carbon substitution—the real carbon value in forest management'. Dr Martin Moroni reviewed  recent recent work on forest carbon stocks, and suggesedt that it is the use of forests that will give the best benefits for mitigating climate change.


Forest Engineering Diploma consultation meetings

The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), in cooperation with the CRC for Forestry, won a Fullbright Grant to assist in the exploration of establishing a post-secondary training program for forest operations/forest engineering in Australia.  The grant has supported Prof. Loren Kellogg's efforts to carry out a scoping exercise with USC in consultation with forest industry stakeholders in Australia. 

Consultation meetings were held across Australia through February and March.


Forestry Talks

This seminar (22 February 2012) looked at fire and regeneration in wet forests. Robyn Scott, Forestry Tasmania Research Officer, Variable Retention Silviculture, explained how new 'slow-burning' methods are allowing good forest regeneration when alternatives to clearfelling are employed.

Download the event flyer here.


School of Plant Science seminar

This seminar (9 December 2011, University of Tasmania, Hobart) was presented by Corey Hudson who gave his final PhD seminar on 'Eucalyptus genomics: linkage mapping, QTL analysis and population genomic studies'.


Forestry Talks

This seminar (7 December 2011, Forestry Tasmania, Hobart) examined the topic 'Sustaining sustainability'. With society's expectations of forestry changing faster than the trees can grow, Dr Simon Grove (Manager, Forestry Tasmania Sustainability Branch) looked at the never-ending journey of sustainable forest management.

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Forestry Talks

This seminar (9 November 2011, Forestry Tasmania, Hobart) examined eucalypt plantation water use in Tasmania

Forestry Tasmania's hydrologist, Dr Sandra Roberts, presented new data on the water use of eucalypt plantations in the Florentine Valley.

Download the event flyer here.


Forestry Talks

This seminar (12 October 2011, Forestry Tasmania, Hobart) examined the value of forest plantations in Tasmania. Dr Paul Adams, Principal Research Scientist—Plantations, discussed the development of tree plantations of the past 80 years in Tasmania, and their role, importance and value to the environment, the community and industry.

Download the event flyer here.


CRC Forestry Ltd AGM

The CRC for Forestry's AGM was held on 28 October in Canberra.

Enquiries to Corinne Hamilton, CRC Company Secretary – corinne.hamilton@crcforestry.com.au


Seminar: School of Plant Science, University of Tasmania

This seminar (7 October 2011, University of Tasmania, Hobart) was presented by Dr Sarah Munks, Forest Practices Authority, Hobart.

Seminar, School of Economics and Finance, University of Tasmania

This seminar (23 September 2011, University of Tasmania, Hobart) examined sustainable small holder forestry.  It was presented by Associate Professor Steve Harrison, editor of Small Scale Forestry


Seminar: School of Plant Science, University of Tasmania

The topic of this seminar (23 September 2011) was "A Churchill Fellowship: visiting centres of Eucalyptus research to learn techniques for the analysis of the eucalypt genome sequence". It was presented by Dr Rebecca Jones.


Seminar: School of Plant Science, University of Tasmania

This seminar ( 16 September, 2011, University of Tasmania) was presented by Dr Matt Hamilton, and examined the genetic variation in susceptibility of Mycosphaerella Leaf Disease in eucalyptus globulus.

As well,  Peter Harrison presented an Honours introductory seminar on population genetics of Eucalyptus cordata.

Seminar: School of Zoology, University of Tasmania

This seminar (9 September 2011, University of Tasmania) was presented by PhD candidate Michael Todd and examined distribution and ecology of a threatened nocturnal bird, the Tasmanian masked owl.


Forestry Tasmania National Science Week forestry talk

This seminar (17 August 2011, Forestry Tasmania, Hobart) looked at measuring carbon exchange in the forests of southern Tasmania.

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Seminar: School of Plant Science, University of Tasmania

This seminar (19 August 2011, University of Tasmania, Hobart) examined how adaptive management can bridge the gap between forest science and practice - a case study using timber harvesting in old-growth forest. It was presented by Dr Steve Read, Chief Scientist, Forestry Tasmania.


Seminar: School of Plant Science, University of Tasmania

This seminar (2 September 2011, University of Tasmania, Hobart) looked at the effects of wildfire on forest landscape dynamic in Portugal.  It was presented by Professor Joaquim Sande Silva, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Portugal.

Seminar:  Socioeconomic impacts of forest industry change

This seminar (27 July, School of Art, Hobart, 11 August, University of Tasmania, Launceston) looked at socioeconomic impacts of forest industry change, and was presented by Dr Jacki Schirmer, CRC for Forestry, and Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University.

Decision makers have been urged to use the findings of new CRC for Forestry research to inform distribution of financial and other assistance as part of implementing Tasmania’s ‘forests peace deal’. The research shows that job loss in Tamania’s forest industry has accelerated in recent months. The research has analysed the vulnerability of people and communities dependen­t on the industry to future changes, such as those that will occur under Tasmania’s ‘forest peace deal’.

Areas examined by the research include:
•    What is the rate of job loss in the industry and which workers and businesses are most vulnerable to further change?
•    Which Tasmanian communities are most exposed to the impacts of forest industry job loss and flow-on effects?
•    What impact on the industry has resulted from continued uncertainty?
•    What support is needed for businesses, workers and communities?

Dr Jacki Schirmer leads the ‘Communities’ research project at the CRC for Forestry, and is a Research Fellow at the Australian National University. Her research examines the socioeconomic impacts of plantation forestry and other types of land use change. For the past decade she has researched social dimensions of forestry, fishing and agriculture, including the socioeconomic impacts of changing land use from traditional agriculture to plantation forestry, community engagement strategies, and farmer adoption of revegetation and commercial tree planting.

This research was part-funded by the Federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), to enable the study to form part of the due diligence assessment of the Tasmanian Forest Principles Statement. The seminar was presented by the CRC for Forestry as part of the ‘Communities’ project.

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Download the seminar presentation.


Seminar: FWPA R&D Works

The topic of this seminar (25 July, CRC/CSIRO) was 'Technical tools for you'.

For further information, download the seminar flyer.

Seminar: Chinese eucalypt plantation industry

This seminar (15 July, CRC/CSIRO) looked at recent developments in the Chinese eucalypt plantation industry and the rise of eucalypt veneer.  It was presented by Roger Arnold, Senior research scientist, China Eucalypt Research Centre.


Symposium: Managed regrowth forests in Australia

This symposium (14July to 15 July, Melbourne University) examined managed regrowth forests in Australia: reassessing their multiple roles and values in a sustainable future­

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The Royal Society of Tasmania, Winter Lecture Series 2011—Forests and carbon

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Session one was held on 21 June 2011, and covered the following topics: 

  • What price for carbon? Mr Tim Woods, CarbonEdge
  • How much carbon is in our forests? Dr Martin Moroni, Forestry Tasmania
  • Implications of rising CO2 levels for forest productivity A/Prof. Mark Hovenden, University of Tasmania

Session two was held on 19 July and covered the followeing topics:

  • The Kelty report - Implications for forest policy Mr Alistair Graham, Natural Resource Planning
  • Maximising soil carbon: can soil carbon storage offset rising CO2 ? Dr Jen Schweitzer, University of Tasmania
  • Bushfires and carbon release Professor David Bowman, University of Tasmania

Seminar: School of Plant Science, University of Tasmania

Topic: Deforestation, forest degradation and conservation in the Brazilian Amazon

Presenter: Prof Mark Cochrane, South Dakota State University, USA.

Date: Thursday 23rd June

Time: 4 pm

Venue: Life Science Lecture Theatre 2, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay, Hobart


The Royal Society of Tasmania, Winter Lecture Series 2011—Forests and carbon

[download the flyer]

The first session was held on 21 June 2011, and covered the following topics: 

  • What price for carbon? Mr Tim Woods, CarbonEdge
  • How much carbon is in our forests? Dr Martin Moroni, Forestry Tasmania
  • Implications of rising CO2 levels for forest productivity A/Prof. Mark Hovenden, University of Tasmania

Session Two: Tuesday 19 July 7.30 pm
Venue: Sir Stanley Burbury Theatre, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay
Chair: Professor Peter Rathjen, Vice-Chancellor, University of Tasmania

  • The Kelty report - Implications for forest policy Mr Alistair Graham, Natural Resource Planning
  • Maximising soil carbon: can soil carbon storage offset rising CO2 ? Dr Jen Schweitzer, University of Tasmania
  • Bushfires and carbon release Professor David Bowman, University of Tasmania

School of Plant Science seminar

The topic of this seminar (20 May 2011, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay campus, Hobart) was tree rot.


Plant Science seminar

This topic of this seminar (13 May 2011) was "From Science to Practice".


Crawford School Dialogue: Australia's role in reducing regional deforestation

This dialogue (13 May 2011, ANU Campus) addressed the question: What, if anything, should Australia do to limit the process of deforestation and forest degradation in neighbouring ‘rainforestnations' - especially Indonesia and Papua New Guinea?


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­Research symposium (Edith Cowan University): Bushfire smoke issues

This symposium (28-29 April 2011, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Western Australia) looked at techniques to assess and predict bushfire smoke as well as analysing the health and environmental impacts.

Download the program here.

CRC for Forestry seminars: Landholder perceptions of tree planting for carbon sequestration

Landholder perceptions of tree planting for carbon sequestration were the subject of a seminar series presented by the CRC for Forestry in March and April. The seminars  presented the results of a study aimed at understanding lan­dholder perceptions about this type of tree planting, barriers and incentives for adoption, the economic models preferred by landholders, and how landholders prefer to receive information about tree planting for carbon sequestration.

The research was undertaken by Dr Jacki Schirmer (leader of the CRC’s Communities research) and CRC Board member Dr Lyndall Bull, who received a 2009 Science and Innovation Award for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to support the project.

Further seminars may  be held in Western Australia and South Australia.

You can view the powerpoint presentation of the seminar here. Or download the seminar flyer.

South Australia and Western Australia: To register your interest in attending a possible session in these states, please email crcforestry@crcforestry.com.au with your name and contact phone number.


Forestry Tasmania 'Forestry Talks' seminar: Dynamic landscapes and the resilience of nature

Dr Simon Grove and Dr Jayne Balmer

Tasmania's forest landscapes have long been a source of inspiration for artists, as well as a source of timber. Two forest ecologists will paint a picture of how nature has fared through changes brought about by European management of the southern forest landscape.

Venue: National Forest Learning Centre,   Forestry Tasmania, 79 Melville St, Hobart

Date:   Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Time:   1 pm (approx 30 minute presentation)

Bookings are advisable for larger groups Phone 1800 Forest or (click here) to reserve a seat. There will be a BBQ after the presentation. (Gold coin donation to charity is appreciated.)

See the Forestry Tasmania website for more details.


Forestry Tasmania 'Forestry Talks' seminar: Fire, carbon, burning and regeneration

Fire and carbon are at the heart of forest management in Tasmania. At this seminar (23 March, Forestry Tasmania) Dr Steve Read outlined how the fire-dependent nature of eucalypt forests links these issues, and leads to development of sustainable harvesting systems

See the Forestry Tasmania website for more details.


Free seminar by  David Ellsworth, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, University of Western Sydney

Venue: CSIRO conference room, College Crescent, Hobart

Date: Thursday 24 February 2011

Time: 9.30am

Topic: Beyond 2050: mechanisms of Eucalyptus plantation adjustments to atmospheric and climatic change from the Hawkesbury Forest Experiment

Abstract: As atmospheric CO2 concentration rises, plants have a suite of responses to this atmospheric and climatic change that are understood via their photosynthetic adjustments. Here, I ask if further increases in photosynthesis in selected plantation Eucalyptus species are possible beyond those which have occurred to the present-day atmospheric CO2 concentration, and explore how those responses relate to other aspects of ecosystem function. I will describe the Hawkesbury Forest Experiment and how current fundings from that experiment can inform our ability to adapt tree growing practices to cope with future atmospheric and climatic change. Whilst the short-term mechanism of photosynthetic response would suggest a large CO2 stimulation effect in interaction with some other climatic stresses (drought and warming), the longer-term responses are different. These findings have relevance to understanding what gains in C sequestration are possible under futuristic conditions and how they can be appropriately represented in ecosystem models.




Forestry Tasmania 'Forestry Talks' seminar: Ecologically sustainable forestry – comparisons between western USA, Canada and Tasmania

Dr Sue Baker

Canada, USA and Tasmania are world leaders in variable retention forestry - a harvesting approach that retains habitat and species from older forests. Sue will share findings from her recent fellowship at the World Forestry Institute, Portland, Oregon.

Venue: National Forest Learning Centre,   Forestry Tasmania, 79 Melville St, Hobart

Date:   Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Time:   1 pm (approx 30 minute presentation)

Bookings are advisable for larger groups Phone 1800 Forest or (click here) to reserve a seat. There will be a BBQ after the presentation. (Gold coin donation to charity is appreciated.)

Download the flyer here.

See the Forestry Tasmania website for more details.


Forestry Tasmania 'Forestry Talks' seminar: Social benefits and costs of plantations for rural communities

 19 January 2011

Presenter: Dr Jacki Schirmer, Research Fellow, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, and Project Leader of Communities Project, CRC for Forestry

Jacki will discuss recent research on how plantation developments impact on rural communities


Forestry Talks free seminar: What do people want from native forests?

8 December 2010

by Dr Kathryn Williams, CRC for Forestry, and Senior Lecturer, Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management, University of Melbourne
Kathryn will discuss social research into the different ways people view native forests and their management.


Forestry Talks free seminar: Fungi and munching mammals, how can good genetics protect our plantations?

Wednesday, 17 November 2010
The natural chemical and physical defences that eucalypts employ against pests and diseases - how they are inherited and how they could be used to benefit plantation forestry.


Forest Industry Council of Tasmania — Biomass energy forum 20 October 2010 Hobart

Biomass systems used in Europe with potential for Australian application

Presenters: Mark Brown and Mohammad Ghaffariyan, CRC for Forestry, Andrew Lang, chair of SMARTimbers marketing cooperative and board member of World Bioenergy Association http://ffic.com.au/biomass_energy_forum


Free public lecture as part of the Sir Mark Oliphant IUFRO conference 'Canopy processes in a changing climate' 7 October 2010

'Forests as carbon sinks - benefits and consequences'  was presented by Dr David Whitehead of  Landcare Research, New Zealand,  at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne

Download the flyer here.


Forestry Tasmania 'Forest Talks' Seminar: 'High-value products from hardwood plantation timber'

Wednesday 15th September 2010

Venue: National Forest Learning Centre, Forestry Tasmania, 79 Melville St, Hobart

Presenters:  Dr Paul Adams, Principal Research Scientist, Plantations; and Dr Matt Wood, Research Scientist, Silviculture


Seminar by CRC for Forestry and Forestry Tasmania carbon scientist, Martin Moroni: 'Climate change and the carbon cycle'

Wednesday 18th August

Martin discussed the science linking forests, greenhouse gases, climate change and the carbon cycle.

Venue: National Forest Learning Centre , Forestry Tasmania, 79 Melville St, Hobart


PhD introduction seminar by CRC for Forestry student, Matt Larcombe

Friday 13 August 2010  'Managing gene flow from plantation to native eucalypts'­

Venue: Life Sciences Lecture Theatre 2, Level 2, Life Sciences Building, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay, Hobart


ANU forest policy forum

Wednesday 23rd June 2010: 'Australia's forest policy: Who should grow our wood?'

Venue: Spark-Helmore Lecture Theatre, Building 6a, Fellows Rd, ANU

For more information, download the flyer here.


Annual Science Meeting 2010

The CRC for Forestry's 2010 Annual Science Meeting was held in Fremantle, Western Australia from 18 to 20 May 2010.