NOMINATIONS are open for this year’s coveted Richard Stanton Memorial Award for Excellence in Forest Management or Chain of Custody. 

This is the sixth year of the award, sponsored by Responsible Wood,  which pays tribute to a man who devoted his life to sustainable forest management in Australia and internationally.

Nominations for the award are open to individuals who have contributed significantly to either forest management or chain-of-custody certification under the Responsible Wood certification program. The award nominees will be those who have contributed to sustainable forest management under AS4708 or chain of custody under AS4707.

The Richard Stanton Award is open to, but not restricted to, forest owners and managers; chain-of-custody certificate holders; staff of certification bodies; forest scientists and researchers; and designers of products manufactured from sustainable timber.

The award also carries a $2000 bursary prize.

Applicants for the award will have demonstrated excellence in the following areas:

• A significant and valuable contribution to sustainability.

• Innovation, improvement or excellence in forest management or chain-of-custody certification.

• A strong commitment to the Responsible Wood certification scheme and sustainable forest management.

• Innovation and improvement in the promotion and marketing of Responsible Wood certified products

The selection of the successful applicant will be made by the Responsible Wood marketing committee and announced at the Responsible Wood annual general meeting later this year.

Nominations for the award close at 5 pm (AEST) on Friday, October 1.

Nominations can be forwarded to: Responsible Wood, PO Box 786, New Farm, Qld 4005 or email [email protected]

The award winner last year was Simon Cook, sustainability manager for Forico, who leads a five-member sustainability team. He has worked tirelessly to initiate and drive sustainable forest management activities in the areas of biodiversity, carbon, and cultural values.

The inaugural winner of the award in 2015 was Dr Marie Yee, senior conservation planner at Sustainable Timber Tasmania. Dr Yee helped develop a system of forest management planning which provides a high level of certainty that biodiversity is being managed effectively within the forest at a landscape scale.

Richard Stanton was CEO and national secretary of Australian Forestry Standard Ltd (now Responsible Wood) and had a number of key roles across Australian industry.


Simon Cook… winner of last year’s Richard Stanton Award.