The Tasmanian Forest Practices Authority (FPA) is hosting a two-day conference in 2017 to look back over the first 30 years of Tasmania’s forest practices system, and to use this perspective to consider directions in forest practices regulation in Tasmania and elsewhere.
In 1987, the Tasmanian Forest Practices Code was released and the state’s first Forest Practices Officers were appointed. The forest practices system has evolved in response to changes in technology, scientific knowledge and community expectations. It is an opportune time to review the system, and consider trends and possibilities in Tasmanian, national and international forest regulation.
The 2017 conference is hosted by the Tasmanian Forest Practices Authority (FPA) and designed for forest workers and managers, forestry regulators, government agencies and environmental NGOs.
There will be many opportunities for delegates to contribute to discussions. International and national speakers include Professor Ben Cashore from Yale University, and Professor Peter Kanowski from the Australian National University.
Local speakers include people with integral roles and different experiences and perspectives on the Tasmanian forest practices system.
Looking back: recognising the evolution and changing roles of the Tasmanian forest practices system and considering its capacity to regulate forestry operations and maintain environmental standards.
An optional conference dinner, including a reception at Government House will be held on Monday evening.
Tuesday 21 November
Looking forward: discussing potential developments in forest practices regulation in Tasmania and beyond, including investigating the relationships between certification and regulation, and incorporation of social values into forest practices.
Wednesday 22 November
A field trip to the Derwent Valley looking at its diverse native forests and plantations and past and current forest practices on public and private land.
Departing from Wrest Point at 8am and returning by approximately 6pm.
This is a provisional program only and is subject to change.
Monday 20 November 2017
Registration Boardwalk Gallery
Plenary Session Wellington Room
Welcome to Country
Official opening John Ramsay, Chair of the Forest Practices Authority
Address and launch of the State of the forests Tasmania 2017 booklet Guy Barnett, Minister for Resources, Tasmania
Keynote Presentation Professor Ben Cashore, Environmental Governance & Political Science, Yale University
Morning Tea Boardwalk Gallery
Plenary Session – Tasmania’s forest practices system Wellington Room Session Chair: Peter Volker
History of the forest practices system Peter Volker, Chief Forest Practices Officer
How the Forest practices system operates John Ramsay, Chair of the Forest Practices Authority
Panel Session Discussion – Tasmania’s forest practices system Chaired by Peter Volker
Lunch Boardwalk Gallery
Plenary Session – Developing the system: examples of adaptive management and continual improvement Wellington Room Session Chair: Fred Duncan
Earth Science and Cultural Heritage Peter McIntosh, Forest Practices Authority Earth Sciences and Cultural Heritage Manager
Compliance Stephen Walker, Forest Practices Authority Compliance Manager
Afternoon Tea Boardwalk Gallery
Plenary Session – Can Tasmania’s forest practices system be a useful national and international model? Wellington Room Session Chair: John Hickey
Introduction John Hickey, Board of the Forest Practices Authority
Video Message Ann Ruston, Federal Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
Presentation Rob de Fegely, Co-Chair, Forest Industry Advisory Council
Presentation Claire Howell, Manager, National Forest Inventory, Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences
Presentation Graham Wilkinson, International Consultant
18:00 – 19:00
Government House Reception Coach transfers will be available from Wrest Point, departing at 17:40 sharp!
Conference Dinner & Awards Buckingham Rowing Club
World class forest practices through simplicity and education Presentation from Evan Rolley, First CFPO & FPA Board Member
Awards for long service Presented by Amy Robertson and John Ramsay
Tuesday 21 November 2017
Registration Boardwalk Gallery
Plenary Session – Regulation and certification Wellington Room Session Chair: Alex Schaap
Introduction Alex Schaap, Forest Practices Authority Board
The Tasmanian forest management system framework Penny Wells, Director, Resources Policy, Dept of State Growth Tasmania
Regulatory systems, certification options Fred Gale, Associate Professor, Politics and International Relations Program, University of Tasmania
Presentation Ross Hampton, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Forest Product Association
Presentation Simon Dorries, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Forestry Standard Limited / PEFC Australia
Presentation Jacki Schirmer, Associate Professor, University of Canberra and FSC Australia Director
Morning Tea Boardwalk Gallery
Plenary Session – Possibilities for developing the forest practices system Wellington Room Session Chair: Peter Kanowski
Introduction Peter Kanowski, Professor of Forestry, ANU
Forest manager (public and private) Suzette Weeding, General Manager, Land Management, Sustainable Timber Tasmania
Landowner Rob Downie, Private forest owner
Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania Matt Schlitz, Operations Manager, Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania
Harvesting Contractor Colin McCulloch, Project Manager, Arbre Forest Industries and Training Hub
Environmental NGO Peter McGlone, Director Tasmanian Conservation Trust
Forest Practices Officer representative Robin Dickson, Chair Forest Practices Authority Reference Group
Forest Practices Authority Amy Koch, Research Biologist, Forest Practices Authority
Lunch Boardwalk Gallery
Plenary Session – Discussion groups on developing the forest practices system Wellington Room Session Chair: Peter Kanowski
Summary of ground covered so far Peter Kanowski, Professor of Forestry, ANU
Discussion Groups Small group discussion
Group presentations and general discussion
The future of the forest practices system & conference close Peter Kanowski Amy Robertson Peter Volker
Wednesday 22 November 2017
08:00 – 18:00
Field Tour A field trip to the Derwent Valley looking at its diverse native forests and plantations and past and current forest practices on public and private land. Hosted by FPA and forest owners/managers
FPA 30 years Conference field trip 7:45am Meet at the Wrest Point Hotel main entrance 8:00am Depart Wrest Point 9:45am Arrive Tyenna native forest coupe (grid ref 466040, 526350) Site 1 – Landscape management Site 2 – Couple level management Site 3 – Code provisions for protections of local features 11:15am Walk to bus, Morning tea 11:45am Depart coupe native forest coupe 12:45pm Arrive Plantation settlement coupe, Whatucallit Road (grid ref 455740: 5288828), site 1 – (30 min) 1:15pm Lunch 1:45pm Board the bus to sites 2 and 3 2:00pm Arrive site 2 – Devil den Site 3 – Briggs Squeeze Site 4 – Cave, summary of field trip 3:15pm Depart Plantation settlement coupe, afternoon tea on the bus 6:00pm Arrive back at Wrest Point.
The Honourable Chief Justice Alan Blow and his wife have invited delegates to Government House for a reception.
This event is strictly by invite only, please indicate if you wish to attend when registering for the conference.
Government House will send your invitation to Conference Design and it will be available to collect at the Registration Desk. You will be required to take your invitation with you to Government House.
Transport is provided and will depart from Wrest Point at 1740. The coach will then transfer guests to the conference dinner which is being held at the Buckingham Rowing Club. Parking is available onsite if you wish to self drive.
FPA 30 years Conference field trip 8am Depart Wrest Point 9:30am arrive native forest coupe 11:00am Walk to bus, Morning tea 11:30am depart coupe TN034a 12:30pm arrive Settlement coupe FO013 Whatucallit Road (see map; grid ref 455740: 5288828), site 1 – (30 min) 1:00pm lunch 1:30pm get on bus to sites 2 and 3 2:35pm Site 4 – summary of field trip (25 min) 3:00pm Depart coupe FO013, afternoon tea on the bus 5:30-6pm Arrive back at Wrest Point.
Accommodation is available at Wrest Point Tasmania. Booking can be made directly with the hotel using the following link – FPA 2017 Accommodation
Wrest Point Tower Rooms – $160 per night
Water Edge Rooms – $150 per night
Motor Inn Rooms – $130 per night
Photo Credits 1. Nigel Richardson – Early light on Eucalyptus delegatensis and E. subcrenulata forest under Mt Mueller. 2. FPA. 3. FPA.
Professor Peter Kanowski
Peter Kanowski is Master of University House, ANU, and Professor of Forestry in the Fenner School of Environment & Society.
Peter’s academic roles comprise academic and professional leadership; research and teaching focused on forest and environmental policy, and on sustainability; and policy learning and development, and community engagement, associated with forest-related issues. Peter works extensively in each of these arenas with colleagues and partners, representing a diversity of forest- and environment- sector interests, internationally, nationally, and locally. Much of his current research is in conjunction with ACIAR projects.
Peter was a Schlich Medallist at the Australian National University, where he completed an Honours degree in forestry, and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he completed a doctorate in forest genetics. He worked in forest management and research in Australia for 3 years, and lectured at Oxford University’s Forestry Institute for 7 years, before taking up the Chair of Forestry at ANU in 1995. Peter was Head of the ANU Department of Forestry 1996-2001, foundation Head of the School of Resources Environment & Society 2001-2008, and Deputy Director of the Fenner School of Environment & Society 2007-2008. He spent two years as a Deputy Director General at CIFOR, the Center for International Forestry Reseach, 2012-2014, on leave from the ANU.
Peter has worked actively with The Forests Dialogue since 2006, co-leading a number of its initiatives. He was a member of Australia’s State of Environment 2011 Committee; the Council of Australian Governments’ National Bushfire Inquiry 2003-4; the Board of the National Arboretum Canberra; and was Education Program Chair of the CRC for Forestry for the life of that CRC.
Peter received the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Community Outreach 2011 and was co-recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Supervision 2016.
Professor Ben Cashore
Professor Cashore’s research interests include the emergence of non-state, market-driven environmental governance; the impact of globalization, internationalization, and transnational networks on domestic policy choices; comparative environmental and forest policy development; and firm-level “beyond compliance” sustainability initiatives.
His book, “Governing Through Markets: Forest Certification and the Emergence of Non-state Authority” (with Graeme Auld and Deanna Newsom), was awarded the International Studies Association’s 2005 Sprout Prize for the best book on international environmental policy and politics.
Published by Yale University, the book is part of a large research effort aimed at understanding the emergence of non-state market-driven global environmental governance and its interactions with state authority, regulations, and institutions.
Through the GEM initiative he helps shepherd five interrelated thematic efforts: forest policy and governance; private authority/corporate social responsibility; climate change as a “super wicked” problem; policy change and policy learning; and democracy, environment and human rights.