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Forest Learning fosters teacher education

6 March 2018

Bunbury teachers are taking forestry knowledge back to the classroom thanks to the latest Forest Learning Day.

Wespine’s Brad Barr said the day was organised and funded by the Leschenault Timber Industry Club (LTIC) and gave the teachers an understanding of timber’s important role in a sustainable economy.

“We began in an Forest Products Commission pine plantation and saw a first thinning before talking to Forester Jack Kenbeek, Assistant Operations Officer Jye Newman and contractor Karl Anderson about career pathways into forestry,” Mr. Barr said.

From there the teachers visited the Wellington Discovery Forest and learned about silviculture, harvesting, sustainability, and water catchments.

“We then took the teachers on a tour of Wespine Sawmill and heard more about the sustainability of timber as a construction material,” Mr. Barr said.

The commercial aspects of forestry were outlined by Greg Meachem from Timber Insight, while WA Plantation’s Ian Telfer discussed the environmental benefits of using wood.

“Feedback from the teachers was positive, with all enjoying the chance to connect with the forest and learn more about timber’s role in a sustainable economy, which they can then pass on to their students,” Mr. Barr said.

Read more about the day here.