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CRC for Forestry News 11 - CRC researchers showcase R&D excellence

The work of CRC for Forestry researchers was showcased recently at a joint industry gathering and Research and Development Ideas Fair.


Delegates at the 2011 Ideas Fair

In a show of unity, three of Australia’s top national forestry organisations, the CRC for Forestry, Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) and the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA), joined forces in Canberra in October for their annual general meetings (AGMs) and a gala industry dinner.
The meetings coincided with the Research & Development Ideas Fair 2011, which highlighted a range of research projects that will deliver benefits to the industry, from improving the productivity and cost-effectiveness of forest machinery to using cutting edge technology to measure commercially important wood properties in living trees.

The FWPA and CRC jointly produced industry promotional videos and a brochure featuring some of these innovations.  Among the work showcased was:
•    The  Handbook for operational community engagement within Australian plantation forest management, produced by CRC researcher Melanie (Lain) Dare
•    The Blue gum Productivity Optimisation System, developed by CRC researchers
•    Portable near infrared (NIR) scanning, adapted for field use in the forest industry by CRC researcher, Dr Geoff Downes
•    The  manual Enhancing forest machine efficiency: onboard computer selection guide, developed jointly by the CRC for Forestry and the FWPA

Table_shots27_10_2011IMGP9211Delegates enjoy a gala industry dinner

Around 90 industry and science leaders gathered for the gala dinner that accompanied the AGMs, allowing participants to discuss key issues affecting the various industry sectors.
The evening was emceed by Elders Forestry Managing Director and AFPA Board member Vince Erasmus, with Senator Eric Abetz, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and former forestry minister in the Howard Government, delivering a thought-provoking keynote address.

Senator Abetz encouraged those present to promote and be proud of their industry, which he described as one of the very few environmentally sustainable sectors of the economy.