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The Log - Issue five- From the program leader, Mark Brown

image of forwarding logsIt has been another action-packed six months since the last edition of The Log and there is much progress to share from the harvesting and operations program.

We have continued to expand our research team and build our international connections. Many of you will have had the opportunity at our CRC for Forestry Annual Science Meeting in Fremantle in May to meet our two newest additions: Rick Mitchell and Mohammad Ghaffariyan. Both are featured in profiles in this newsletter to give you more detail of their backgrounds and research interests. Rick comes to the team from Australian Bluegum Plantations Ltd (ABP) and brings broad and extensive experience in the plantation industry in Western Australia. He is based with WAPRES out of Manjimup with a home office in Albany. Mohammad joins us from Iran via Austria where he recently finished his PhD in forest engineering at BOKU University. He is based at the University of Tasmania. 

In July we will also be welcoming two visitors who will help advance our research work:

  • Vlatko Andonovski from University Ss. Kiril Metodij in Macedonia is joining us for a month through ‘COST Action FP0902 – Development and Harmonization of New Operational Research and Assessment Procedures for Sustainable Forest Biomass Supply’. The COST Action is a European Union program on which the CRC for Forestry is represented by Program Three. The program is designed to promote more consistency in research methodology and terminology to allow more effective collaboration in biomass supply chain research.  Vlatko will assist Mauricio Acuna and Mohammad Ghaffariyan with our trial on biomass harvesting with the bundler.
  • Justin Skinnell is joining us for six months on work experience from Oregon State University. He will work on several field data collection projects with Mauricio and Mohammad and the team while he is based at the University of Tasmania.

We continue to be very active on the research front with a regular flow of results delivered through our ‘bulletins’. In this newsletter you’ll get brief updates on:

As always, we are sure the research results will be of interest to you, and we look forward to your feedback and questions.