FORESTRY Australia has launch its new 2022 Mentoring Program, which aims to foster the professional development of the nation’s future forestry leaders.

CEO Jacquie Martin said the program would pair recent graduates, early career professionals and those seeking to develop their careers with experienced forestry mentors through a unique and personalised program – calling for both mentees and mentors to apply.

“We’re extremely excited to launch the program, which represents an investment in both our future Australian foresters and forest professionals, and the future of forestry in Australia,” Ms Martin said.

“The program builds on the success of our 2021 Conference Mentoring Program, which showed us just how powerful a mentoring relationship can be, delivering personal and professional benefits for both the mentor and the mentee.

The program has been developed around a framework and tool kit of resources which will support participants to ensure effective and sustainable knowledge transfer, skill acquisition and maintaining momentum for all participants.

Ms Martin said mentees and mentors would be asked to invest at least one hour a month to meet, plus additional time to prepare for each meeting including goal setting, pre-reading, planning and reflection activities.

“If you are looking to further your forestry career, and are interested in developing goals and strategies with an experienced professional who has been where you are now, we’d love you to apply,” Ms Martin said.

“We are never too young or too old to have mentoring relationships in our lives – people at any age and any stage of their professional careers can still benefit from the offerings of the Forestry Australia Mentoring Program.

“On the other hand, if you are forester or forestry leader looking to share your knowledge, invest in the future of the sector and help others we encourage you to consider becoming a mentor in our program.”

The 2022 mentoring program is supported by leadership grant funding from the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

Applications for the program are open until Friday, February 25. The program is exclusive to Forestry Australia members, with no fees or charges for participants.

To find out more and apply, visit

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RESPONDING to PM Scott Morrison’s recent announcement of a $50 million funding package to boost the long-term protection and recovery efforts for koalas, Forestry Australia says it is critical that any initiative is backed up by strong science, a whole-of-landscape view and long-term thinking, “rather than being a moment in time thought-bubble”.

CEO Jacquie Martin said all funding towards research and science to protect biodiversity in our forests was welcome.

“Active and adaptive land management across all land tenures remains our best chance for real protection of biodiversity and the wide variety of interests in our forests,” Ms Martin said.

MAIN PIC: Forestry Australia’s new 2022 mentoring program aims to foster professional development of the nation’s future forest leader. 
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