Forestry Management

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Community expectations demand that our forest and woodlands are managed in a sustainable manner. Forest managers must demonstrate environmental, social and economic performance, and forest owners and custodians (including governments) expect that the health of these ecosystems are maintained or enhanced. Financiers need assurance that their commercial forestry investments will deliver economic returns while meeting environmental objectives and maintaining stakeholder confidence.

Forest managers face a complex web of demands in meeting stakeholder, community and industry expectations and continuing to supply forest benefits like wood and non-wood products (such as honey, oils, seeds and pharmaceuticals), carbon sinks, biodiversity conservation, salinity and erosion control, high water quality and recreation spaces.

GHD’s professionals combine technical capacity in forestry, ecology and natural resources with engineering, planning, management and consultancy to give you a complete package of solutions.

Our team will work with you at all stages of project delivery—from planning and project management, through the development of vegetation and forest management plans and systems, to auditing and reporting.

Our team offers a unique blend of knowledge and practical experience across a broad spectrum of forest, conservation and land management roles. Key areas that we focus on include:

Services

  • Plantation and native forest management
  • Forest operations project management services
  • Fire management planning and bushfire risk analysis
  • Independent forester services
  • Forest auditing, certification and due diligence assessment
  • Environmental management systems
  • Carbon sequestration feasibility and establishment
  • Forest, natural resources and conservation policy
  • Forest ecology, bio banking and offsetting
  • Vegetation and site rehabilitation management plans
  • Biosecurity, pests, weeds and disease management

For further information, contact:

Seamus Hoban
Service Line Leader, – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T: +61 2 9239 7288
E: Seamus Hoban

Jason Haelzle
Service Line Leader, Forestry Management - North America
T: +1 519 8840510
E: Jason Haelzle

Jayne Tipping
Service Line Leader, Natural Resources – Australia/New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe/Middle East
T: +61 2 9239 7166
E: Jayne Tipping

Review of Queensland’s hardwood plantation program

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In late 2014, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) commissioned GHD to undertake the first comprehensive external review of the hardwood plantation program in Queensland, Australia.

The program was established in 1999 by the Queensland Government to underpin a future hardwood processing sector in the state and provide an alternative hardwood resource to replace that being supplied by state-owned native forests after 2025. The objectives of the review were to engage with all interested parties—including growers, processors and the government—and achieve a common understanding of the current and future Queensland hardwood plantation estate, its wood flow potential, where it’s located, how its availability may change over time, and how it can underpin future investment needs.

Indigenous opportunities under the Carbon Farming Initiative Reforestation Methodology

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The Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities engaged GHD to prepare feasibility case studies for four Indigenous groups interested in establishing a carbon farming reforestation project on their land.

Under the Carbon Farming Initiative, landholders can generate carbon credits that can be traded on domestic and international carbon markets. Indigenous communities’ participation in carbon trading is identified as a means to address key land management issues of interest to each community, as well as to provide wider economic and social opportunities. GHD completed feasibility studies for the Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council, the Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation and the Umpila Land Trust and Cape York Institute.

Forest valuations and due diligence assessments

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GHD has worked with a range of fund managers and lenders to value forestry projects, plantations and processing facilities.

Requiring a high level of due diligence and client scrutiny, these projects included a review of key forestry parameters, including area statements, transport distances, current volumes, projected growth rates, density and conversion factors, waste factor estimates, market/price information and potential natural hazard risk factors (such as fire, pests, windthrow).

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Compatibility study of public forest management objectives with beekeeping

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The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation engaged GHD to conduct a study of the beekeeping industry’s current access to public forested lands in each state and territory of Australia.

The report evaluated whether the management objectives for each type of forested land tenure was compatible with access by European honey bees managed by beekeepers. Public lands are a potentially valuable resource for beekeepers, with approximately 63% of Australia’s land mass classed as public land.

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Riverina forest environmental impact assessment

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Engaged by Forests NSW, GHD completed the Riverina environmental impact assessment, which involved the preparation of the environmental impact statement (EIS) for red gum and white cypress timber harvesting and associated road works across 460,000 hectares of crown-timbered lands in southwestern New South Wales, Australia.

GHD completed this significant project within a short timeframe. The work included the preparation of an EIS and discreet specialist studies relating to timber yield, ecology, socio-economic impact, climate change, traffic, water quality, noise and cultural heritage. The project also included the preparation of a stand-alone Ecological Character Description Report for the internationally listed Central Murray State Forests Ramsar Wetlands.

Biobanking and biodiversity offsetting

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GHD has provided services to a wide range of clients to identify and assess biodiversity impacts, develop biodiversity offset strategies in accordance with New South Wales and Commonwealth legislation and policy, and deliver cost-effective and timely offset packages.

Project proponents and government agencies use biodiversity offsetting to balance economic growth with the conservation of biodiversity values.

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National bushfire policy, guidelines and risk tools

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The Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC) commissioned GHD to complete a number of sub-projects as part of the National Burning Project. The aim was to help forestry, conservation, emergency services and land management agencies complete planned burning safely and efficiently.

GHD’s role included:

  • Three national risk frameworks for fuel, operational risks and smoke hazards

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Climate change studies for Australian plantation forestry

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As part of the Australian Government’s Forest Industries Climate Change Research Fund program, GHD was engaged to examine how plantation fire risk profiles may change under climate change scenarios.

One of the key climate change risks for the plantation forest industry is increasing losses from fire, coupled with rising bushfire risk management costs.

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Site-specific bushfire management planning

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GHD has completed bush fire management plans for some of Australia’s largest public land managers. These plans will be implemented across more than three million hectares, covering 90 properties, reserve or local government areas and addressing risk to more than AUD20 billion in assets.

These five-year strategic map-based management plans identify mitigation strategies commensurate with bushfire risk for each location. They allow the land manager to implement environmentally appropriate fire management actions, identify options to enhance their fire suppression capability, and determine emergency response and evacuation requirements for site personnel.

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Agriculture

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Our team offers a unique blend of knowledge and practical experience of agricultural and farming systems, commodities and markets, natural resources management, economics and policy, water and biodiversity. Our integrated approach to agribusiness solutions encompasses the entire supply chain from paddock to plate.

Key areas that we focus on include:

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Natural Resources

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Our scientists, ecologists, analysts and resource economists design robust, cost effective and scientifically based natural resource management (NRM) solutions. We work with water authorities, local government, land management agencies, planning authorities, legal firms, urban developers, NRM and agri-businesses, traditional owners corporations, and companies planning infrastructure projects (such as dams, irrigation, agricultural enterprises, wind farms, and mining and energy provision). We’re known for our practical, solution-based approach to ecologically sustainable development.

By working with GHD, you can draw on our skill in ecological, natural resource and agricultural impact assessment, restoration, biosecurity and landscape planning, resource economic analysis, constraints mapping and geographic spatial analysis and community engagement, and capacity building to deliver practical and value-added management outcomes.

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Seamus Hoban

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Seamus combines strong economic and scientific understanding with outstanding research and analysis skills to address complex natural resource management issues. With more than nine years’ experience, Seamus has delivered a range of services to both industry and government clients, including: policy development, performance review, program evaluation, strategic planning, research prioritisation, economic modelling and analysis, stakeholder consultation, program development and service delivery.

Service Line Leader, Food & Agribusiness – Australia
T:
+61 2 9239 7288
E: Seamus Hoban

Jason Haelzle

Jason Haelzle

Jason’s professional practice encompasses all aspects of regulatory compliance, environmental investigation/remediation and engineering for facilities primarily in the agricultural and agri- food sectors. Jason’s areas of expertise include green field developments, storm water, groundwater and wastewater permitting and compliance; engineering and consulting for facility expansion, demolition and remediation activities. Jason has also implemented numerous monitoring and remediation programs, site operations, building assessments, decommissioning and demolition, groundwater, soil gas, and storm sewer monitoring and regulatory compliance programs for large scale industrial facilities.

Service Line Leader, Agriculture – North America
T:
+1 519 8840510
E: Jason Haelzle

Jayne Tipping

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Jayne is a principal ecologist with extensive experience in ecological impact assessment and management for major infrastructure projects. She has a strong understanding of the planning approvals processes, backed by a sound technical knowledge of all aspects of ecological assessment.

Service Line Leader, Natural Resources
T:
+61 2 9239 7166
E: Jayne Tipping

Australia

Phil Montgomery

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Phil has more than 30 years' experience in the forestry management sector in Australia and around the world. Prior to joining GHD in 2008, he held various consulting and management roles in forestry and international development. He has completed numerous projects, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, for clients, including the Australian Department of Climate Change, AusAID and Asian Development Bank.

Principal, Forestry Management
T:
+61 2 6113 3340
E: Phil Montgomery

Paul de Mar

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Paul has more than 25 years’ operational, management and policy experience, with an emphasis in bushfire, natural resources and risk management. He has extensive fire management experience, including the state-level leadership and coordination of Forests NSW’s participation in multiagency fire planning and response and program management for bushfire protection.

Paul leads GHD teams serving clients such as state fire authorities and land managers, providing policy and program review, improving planning systems, and conducting post-incident reviews of high-consequence events. A key work area is devising strategically considered approaches to bushfire risk management, which provide a linked and well-balanced suite of risk mitigation and response programs to facilitate improved risk management outcomes. Most recently, Paul has been working on innovative design of monitoring, evaluation and reporting frameworks for bushfire mitigation.

Principal Consultant, Bushfire
T:
+61 2 9239 7497
E: Paul de Mar

Andrew Roy

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Andrew is a senior environmental scientist and manager of GHD’s Natural Resource consulting team in Melbourne. Andrew has extensive experience in the fields of climate change, greenhouse gas abatement, and management for a range of sectors both in Australia and internationally. He is a Lead Auditor under the NSW Greenhouse Gas Abatement Scheme, and a Lead Auditor under the Commonwealth Government’s Greenhouse Challenge Plus program. Andrew has led key audits for Vic Forests and the NSW Forestry Corporation.

Manager, Natural Resource Management – Victoria
T:
+61 3 8687 8111
E: Andrew Roy

Dominic Adshead

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Dominic is a principal consultant and forester with more than 20 years’ experience in natural resources and land management. His experience extends from high-level strategic and corporate-level planning, through to the implementation of on-the-ground operational activities.

Dominic’s skills include natural hazard risk assessment; forest inventory, monitoring and management; the delivery of multi-agency natural resource workshops; the development of environmental management systems; the preparation of bushfire, biosecurity and risk management plans; conservation reserve and recreation management; and operational program delivery (prescribed burning, pest and weed control, trail construction and maintenance, environmental assessment, stakeholder consultation and threatened species survey).

Principal Consultant, Natural Resources
T:
+61 2 9239 7185
E: Dominic Adshead

Stephen Dahl

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Stephen has broad environmental and natural resource management knowledge following 17 years in the forest and pulp and paper industries. He has experience with many aspects of dryland and irrigated plantation forestry, such as planning and feasibility assessment, road and access development, establishment, management and monitoring including nutrition and inventory (including maintenance and protection activities), as well as harvesting supervision. He has also developed bushfire management plans and undertaken a number of bushfire assessments.

Stephen has experience with environmental compliance and due diligence auditing of a range of assets ranging from plantations to timber processing sites.

Senior Forester/Senior Environmental Scientist
T:
+61 2 6043 8716
E: Stephen Dahl

Daniel Williams

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Daniel is a principal environmental scientist and GHD’s Lead for BioBanking NSW. He has 13 years’ experience in developing, executing and monitoring environmental projects. Daniel has worked extensively with the development industry in the design of sustainable development footprints. With a strong background in biodiversity assessment and management, he has been successful in designing and managing large-scale environmental projects for GHD, Greening Australia NSW and Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Daniel is an accredited BioBanking Assessor by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and has extensive experience in the application of the NSW BioBanking Methodology to both development and conservation lands.

Principal Environmental Scientist
T:
+61 2 6586 8714
E: Daniel Williams

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