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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2003) 48(2): 20–27
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Research article
Professional forestry education in Australasia - looking from the past to the future.

R. Sands

Rotorua, New Zealand: New Zealand Institute of Forestry.

This paper discusses the professional forestry education in Australasia (Australia and New Zealand) [and was presented as the Max R. Jacobs oration at the Australian and New Zealand Institutes of Forestry (ANZIF) Conference 2003]. The early history of forestry education in Australia and New Zealand is reviewed. A common thread in New Zealand and Australia is that forestry education arose from within and was strongly influenced by government Forest Services. The significant changes over the last 20 years in the forestry sector in both Australia and New Zealand that have affected the structure and type of employment of forestry graduates are discussed. The general global trend towards decreasing enrolments in forestry and the specific situation regarding professional education of foresters in New Zealand, where there is an almost unique production of timber from plantations and total protection of native forests, are discussed.
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