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The Monitor - Issue 5 - Thoughts from the Program Coordinating Committee Chair, Justine Edwards

Having reached the midpoint of the CRC for Forestry, project deliverables are becoming more and more of a focus. This was apparent in the discussions at the Annual Science Meeting in November last year.

To this end, it is extremely important to maintain and strengthen the existing collaborative relationship between industry and research.  With the establishment of an industry-chaired program steering committee for each subproject, we can look forward to continued strong interactions in the future. A team approach is the key to maximising the benefit to both the research and the industry partners and it is heartening to see that this approach is being embraced across Program One.

Program One aims to deliver a diverse range of outputs, covering forest health, productivity, silviculture, monitoring and modelling. With such a broad spectrum of issues covered, it is encouraging to see project leaders working together to try to develop consistencies in required inputs and delivered outputs. Deliverables that can be integrated into existing systems are a fundamental requirement and one that is being addressed. Aiming for consistency in the type of data that needs to be captured for different deliverables will also maximise uptake in the industry environment. We are at an exciting stage and I am looking forward to the progress over the next six months.

Justine Edwards

Principal Research Forester, Great Southern Limited
Tel: 08 98929872