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The Log - Issue Three - Course offers opportunity for professional development in forest operations

forest operations course flyer As well as conducting valuable research in forest operations, Program Three also aims to build capacity in forest operations research in Australia. To this end, members of the program team are playing an important role in presenting, once again, the Forest Operations Course of the Master in Forest Ecosystem Science offered by the University of Melbourne. As well as contributing to the education of new foresters, this course is a perfect opportunity for industry partners to provide some professional development for their staff that will add value to their business. And it won’t take staff away from the front line for any more than two weeks!

Most of you will be aware that last year we delivered the first edition of the Forest Operations Course as part of the National Forestry Masters Program. Although the class was relatively small, the process proved to be very successful and one aspect that we identified as adding great value for all participants was including participants with experience in forestry. The mix of experienced and new professionals provided for excellent open discussion. The new students brought new ideas and perspectives, while the experienced industry members helped ground the discussion with their experience. The experienced class members left with new knowledge and perspectives to apply in their jobs, and the new students left with a much richer understanding of forest operations than could have been delivered by the instructors alone.

The course will be offered again from 22 June to 3 July 2009. We expect a much larger class based on the likely inclusion of students from ANU, more masters students in a position to take elective courses, good word-of-mouth promotion and by making you, the industry members, aware of the course earlier in the year to make it easier to get appropriate staff members enrolled through the Community Access Program (CAP) which facilitates access to university courses for the general public without the need to be enrolled at the university. Cost of the course is $1145 (studied as an assesed course) or $695 (non-assessed mode). Feedback from the industry participants from last year was very positive, and the other students gave strong feedback that the industry people greatly enhanced the learning for them—so we hope to have good representation from the industry again this year.

Please note the University has made the CAP more attractive by reducing the cost very significantly from last year. Please be aware that the Forest Operations Course will not be run again until June/July 2011.

Mark Brown

Program Leader, Harvesting and Operations
Tel: 03 5321 4188