Forestry Australia was recently awarded the Association Turnaround of the Year Award. TIMBER UPDATE Forestry Australia releases forestry management statements Association Forum Awards recognises Foresty Australia Forestry Australia has released three new and highly topical Position Statements to share its evidencebased positions on important issues relating to the management of forests across Australia. The Statements cover Conservation of Threatened Species, Forest Carbon Markets, and the Thinning of Native Forests. Each of which are designed to be accessible to all. Forestry Australia President Dr Michelle Freeman said evidence was critical to inform decision-making and to provide balance to debates around the management of Australia’s forests. “Now more than ever we need to ensure that there is evidence-based and balanced information readily available, given we live in an era of information overload, misinformation, and disinformation,” Dr Freeman said. “Forestry Australia’s Position Statements are designed to do just that – to cut to the chase and provide clear information based on science, the world’s best practice and evidence-based research.” “We want to ensure that when policymakers, the media, and the wider community discuss, debate, and decide on issues that affect future forest management, they have these easy-to-read Statements at hand,” she said. On the Gold Coast, 475 delegates gathered at the recent highly successful Australia New Zealand Institute of Forestry (ANZIF) conference, where Forestry Australia released the three new Position Statements, which takes their total released to date to eight. “Each two-page Position Statement explains the context for the specific topic and presents Forestry Australia’s position, with supporting information. I want to acknowledge the significant amount of work that has been done by groups of volunteer experts to develop these Statements,” Dr Freeman said. The Position Statements can be found at: Forestry Australia recently received the Association Turnaround of the Year Award at the Associations Forum Awards Dinner in Sydney. Forestry Australia Chief Executive Officer Jacquie Martin said the national recognition was a testament to members, staff, volunteers, and the Board, Timberbiz reported. “The Association Turnaround of the Year Award recognises the successful transformation of Forestry Australia in recent years,” Ms Martin said. “In the last five years, we have achieved significant membership growth, increased member satisfaction, expanded member benefits, increased revenue and equity, and made a huge step-change from being reactive towards leading the way.” Since June 2020, membership has increased by over 20 per cent, reaching 1,200 members in June 2021. “Importantly, we are attracting the next generation of leaders in our sector, with a doubling of student and young professional members in recent years, as well as a six per cent increase in female members,” Ms Martin said. Forestry Australia maintains a positive relationship and focus when it comes to its members, one that is evident in member growth and satisfaction. “Our commitment to our members has seen our Net Promoter Score increase 67 points and member satisfaction has risen by 26 per cent in five years; our member satisfaction has hit 85 per cent in 2023, which is a remarkable turnaround.” This follows the success of Forestry Australia’s 2023 Australia New Zealand Institute of Forestry (ANZIF) Conference, which attracted a record 475 delegates from across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. “Forestry Australia is focussed on supporting active and adaptive forest management, evidence-based decision making, and the scientists, professionals and growers who manage, study and care for our forests,” she said. “I would like to thank our team in the national office, current and past board members, volunteers and our members for their passion, dedication and ongoing support – this award is for you,” Ms Martin concluded.