This award recognises an individual, who demonstrates excellence across a range of skills beyond best practise guidelines and essentially “over and above” in any area of plantation or native forestry silviculture.
For the purposes of this award silviculture falls under the following definition (derived from the USDA).
“the art and science of controlling the establishment, growth, composition, health, and quality of forests to meet the diverse needs and values of landowners and society such as wildlife habitat, timber, water resources, restoration, and recreation on a sustainable basis. This is accomplished by applying different types of silvicultural treatments such as thinning, harvesting, planting, pruning, prescribed burning and site preparation. Intermediate treatments (thinning) are designed to enhance growth, quality, vigour, and composition of the stand after establishment or regeneration and prior to final harvest.”
To be eligible for this award the individual must:
- Demonstrate a high quality of work output
- Demonstrate productivity in their work output
- Show evidence of on-going or recent training
- Comply with environmental and health & safety practises
- Be recognised by their peers and employers
- Show good character being positive, honest and reliable