Gottstein dovetails with IFA operations in Canberra

Changing of the guard … Jim Bowden hands over Gottstein secretarial duties in Canberra to Kenia Vieira Schmitt, IFA administration officer (left) and Sarah Paradice, IFA chief operating officer and executive officer of Australian Forest Growers.

THE Canberra-based Institute of Foresters of Australia has been appointed secretariat for the industry’s valued educational organisation – the J.W. Gottstein Memorial Trust.
The secretariat has been set up at the IFA’s offices at Trevor Pearcey House, 28-34 Traeger Court, Bruce. It will be responsible for operating the trust’s funds and activities and the popular forest and wood science courses held alternatively each year.

IFA chairman Rob de Fégely said the trust dovetailed well with the operations of the association, which shared offices with Australian Forest Growers.

“There is a real concern about forest industry education in Australia and the need for continued professional development.

“The bringing together of the two organisations is a positive move.” Mr de Fégely said.

Bill Gottstein was a forest products research scientist with CSIRO when he was tragically killed in 1971 while photographing a tree-felling operation in New Guinea.

The non-profit Gottstein trust has since assisted in the funding of more than 120 fellows, among them some of the most prominent executives in the industry today.

Chairman Brian Farmer said the trust envisaged the further development of the forest products industry through constant improvement and the pursuit of excellence in people, processes and products.

“The trust provides financial assistance for successful applicants in many areas across the forest products industry and helps them advance in their professional fields,” he said. .

New contact details for the trust are (02) 615 3044. Email:

Web: www. The IFA has been going strong since 1935 with more than 1100 professional members engaged in all branches of forest management and conservation. It is strongly committed to the principles of sustainable forest management.

The association is readying plans for its biennial conference in Cairns from August 14-17 – Tropical Forestry: Innovation and Change in the Asia-Pacific – with a host of Australian and international speakers confirmed. Inquiries to the conference manager +61 2 6252 1200.