COVETED RICHARD STANTON AWARD WON FOR
CARBON CAPTURE AND FAUNA RESEARCH

RECOND NOMINATIONS, THREE FINALIST MERITS PRESENTED BY RESPONSIBLE WOOD

Tasmanian devil… disease research has attracted global attention.

SUSTAINABILITY manager for Tasmanian forestry company and land owner Forico Pty Ltd Simon Cook has won the 2020 Richard Stanton Memorial Award for Excellence in Forest Management.

The award and trophy, presented remotely during the Responsible Wood AGM on October 20, recognises the life of a man devoted to the forest industry in Australia and internationally. Richard Stanton was former CEO of Australian Forestry Standard (now Responsible Wood).

Simon Cook, leader of a five-member sustainability team, has worked tirelessly to initiate and drive sustainable forest management activities in areas of biodiversity, carbon and cultural values.

Mr Cook was nominated for the award by Ann La Sala, a member of the Forico sustainability team.

Responsible Wood CEO Simon Dorries reflected on Mr Cook’s sustained commitment to sustainable forest management and certification standards:

“Simon’s involvement with the Tasmanian devil facial disease research, with CSIRO on natural carbon, and working in conjunction with Reconciliation Tasmania in developing a Reconciliation Action Plan received high acclaim from the judging panel.”

Research on the Tasmanian devil tumour disease with potential implications for cancer treatment in humans has attracted global attention.

Working with CSIRO and other industry partners, Mr Cook has helped develop a framework and methodology for assessing and gathering data related to natural carbon. This developing area will have significant implications for forest sustainability globally as foresters seeks to develop a common language and understanding in this emerging area.

Also, Mr Cook is working with stakeholders to improve relationships with Tasmania’s Aboriginal community, sharing knowledge on land management techniques, protection of cultural sites, access to natural forests and potential employment opportunities.

With the largest number of nominations since the award was established five years ago, Responsible Wood, for the first time, presented three finalist merits. These went to Richard Kirk of Kirk Architects for his commitment to certified timber on the acclaimed Mon Repos Turtle Centre in Queensland, the DAF Salisbury Research Facility for pioneering work in developing new product solutions using certified timber, and Anthonino Stonjek of AKS Forest Management Services for his commitment to the implementation of certification standards.