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Branchline, Feb 10, 2012



Prestigious Australian Fire Service Medal awarded

I was pleased to learn that Tony Blanks, FT's Manager Fire Management, was awarded the prestigious Australian Fire Service Medal on Australia Day. Tony is the first recipient who is not an employee of a Fire Service.

The Medal recognises distinguished service by members of Australian fire services and acknowledges Tony's notable career in fire fighting and fire management that spans over 30 years.

He has been instrumental in developing effective interagency partnerships and protocols across the three main organisations that provide for bushfire protection in Tasmania - Tasmanian Fire Service, Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service and FT. (Read issue 064 TFS WordBack)

With a spate of fires around the state during December and January it is a timely reminder to stay vigilant when it comes to fire safety over the summer months.

If you missed the first episode of Going Bush you can catch up at as well as checking when episode two will air in your state. In the next episode Nick and Andrew investigate the future of timber production with FT's Innovation Plan.

On the other side of Bass Strait they hear a scientific explanation of how the rare long-footed poteroo likes the regenerating forests of East Gippsland just as much as untouched bushland, and, indulging their passion for all things fishing, they make a nostalgic visit to Bermagui to see how the harvesting of a nearby forest has resulted in the creation of a new focal point for the town.

Don't forget to enter the weekly prize draw by watching and entering the weekly codeword Congratulations to this week's winners:

Shirleen Ferris, Hyland Park NSW

Scott Chiffey, Claremont TAS

Dean, Hazelwood Nth VIC

Melissa Loring, New Town TAS

Kenneth Bull, Taree NSW

Jason Smith, Sisters Beach TAS

Allan Crothers, Wodonga VIC

Anne Allen, Mowbray TAS

Kirsten Gibson, Camperdown VIC

Kevin Price, Bicheno TAS



The FT Division of Forest Research and Development produces a range of publications from papers in scientific journals, to Tasforests, the Native Forest Silviculture Technical Bulletins, scientific fact sheets and Technical Reports. Many of these publications have been available through our website for some time, but the Technical Reports have in the past been produced only in limited numbers of hard copies.

In order to disseminate the results of our research to a wider audience, many of the Technical Reports have now been uploaded to our website and can be accessed here (Technical Report listing)

The reports cover a wide range of subjects, from the Warra silvicultural research trial, to pesticide monitoring, to fire and carbon, to the importance of coarse woody debris.

Future technical reports will be added to the website as they are published, so keep an eye on the site.



Until next time,
Bob Gordon

Managing Director
Forestry Tasmania





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