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Branchline Oct 6, 2011


Be vigilant as fire season approaches

It may seem like this year's cold, wet winter is only just behind us, but summer is fast approaching - and with it, the fire season.

In fact, we've already had a timely reminder of the need for the whole community to be vigilant, with Forestry Tasmania fire fighters dealing with two small blazes in the north of the State earlier this week. The news that these fires appeared to have been lit deliberately is frustrating, to say the least. (read more)

Fire fighting is one of the key community services provided by Forestry Tasmania, working in partnership with the Tasmania Fire Service and Parks and Wildlife Service. In preparation for the 2011/12 season, 70 staff from our Huon and Derwent Districts last week commenced training in fire fighting theory and practice. (read more)

While part of our fire fighting capacity includes monitoring and detection, I remind anyone who sees a potential wildfire or suspicious behaviour in the bush to call the emergency services on 000. Any information that assists us with a speedy response may make all the difference between a fire that's controlled quickly, and one that becomes a major threat.

In other news, we are continuing to build strong links with our international colleagues, with the recent arrival of two German interns, Janine Cox and Patrick Dietrich. Both Janine and Patrick will work with some of Forestry Tasmania's finest scientific minds during their stay, which I'm sure will form an invaluable part of their studies. (read more)

The opportunity for schools to participate in our 'Care for People' award program is once again on offer. Now in its fifth year, this popular program recognises students who have shown thoughtfulness and compassion towards others. If your school would like to be involved, please contact Tamika on 6235 8106 or email by COB Monday 31 October.

One for the diary: if you're in the Hobart CBD on Wednesday 12 October, don't miss out on the next of our public forestry talks, 'Realising the value of forest plantations in Tasmania.' The talk commences at 1.00pm. (read more)

In tourism news, there is yet another reason to experience the Eagles Eyrie 'Top of the World Tour,' with the recent arrival at the Adventure Hub of a rail relic from Maydena's pioneering forestry days. Book now at

And finally, the ever-popular Going Bush is back for an encore screening this month, starting 5:30pm on Southern Cross this Saturday.

Until next time,

Bob Gordon

Managing Director
Forestry Tasmania

235 8225



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