The third public lecture was held on the 21st of May at the Box Hill Institute in Lilydale. It began with a presentation by Dr. Bill Jackson on the findings of the Independent Consultation Paper: Modernising the Victorian Regional Forest Agreements. This was followed by presentations under the theme of “Maintenance of productive capacity of forest ecosystems”:

  • Wood+: Insights and lessons from an analysis of the history of planted trees in Australia (Braden Jenkin)
  • Testing Tolerance: Frequent high-severity wildfire and regeneration of temperate eucalypt forests (Tom Fairman)
  • Challenges and opportunities for Victorian native forest silviculture in the 21st Century (Patrick Baker)

Speaker Biographies

Dr. Bill Jackson

Dr. William (Bill) Jackson is an independent environmental consultant with extensive experience in forest conservation, protected area management and community development.  Dr Jackson runs his own company Intellagama Pty Ltd, and is an adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Dr Jackson was was appointed to develop the Independent Consultation Paper in order to provide an overview of the RFAs performance to date and form the basis for community feedback.  Overall, the paper provides an explanation of what the Victorian RFAs are, how they operate, and how effective they have been, as well as, identifying areas that may be improved in the future.  

Dr Jackson has held the positions of Chief Executive of Parks Victoria and Director of National Parks for the State of Victoria from late 2010 until June 2015. Prior to his appointment to Parks Victoria, Dr Jackson was Deputy Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  He helped establish the general direction and strategy for the Union and provided top-level direction for the implementation of IUCN’s conservation program worldwide.  He also previously held various positions in the IUCN including Director of the Global Program and Head of Forest Conservation. During his 13 years with the IUCN, Dr Jackson worked on a wide range of conservation and development issues in developing countries in Africa and Asia.

Braden Jenkin

Braden Jenkin has over 30 years’ experience in domestic and international commercial forestry, from the smallest scale producers through to large-scale global corporate operations. His work has been undertaken in South Africa, Europe, the UK, India, PNG and New Zealand and has included significant consultation and interactions with markets, processors, trees growers and agriculturalist with a focus on supply chains and financial models. A specific area of activity has been the commercial arrangements and structures of tree growing involving multiple parties including small scale growers. Braden holds a BSc (Forestry), a Grad. Dip. of Managements and an MBA. He is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne, a Gottstein Fellow and a Member of the Institute of Foresters of Australia and the Australian Forest Growers.

Tom Fairman

Tom Fairman is a forest carbon and climate change specialist, with a diverse range of professional experience crossing urban forestry, forest policy and fire ecology. His PhD research focused on forest health and vulnerability, specifically examining the ecology of temperate eucalypt forests and the effect of increasingly frequent high-severity wildfires.

Patrick Baker

Patrick Baker is a Professor of Silviculture and Forest Ecology at the University of Melbourne and a former Australian Research Council Future Fellow. His research focuses on the dynamics of species-rich native forests. He has a Masters from Yale University and a PhD from the University of Washington. He has worked and conducted research in forests for 30 years including for the US Peace Corps in North Africa, the Harvard Institute of International Development in Thailand, and The Nature Conservancy and US Forest Service in Hawaii.

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