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Forestry Education Centenary Celebration

One hundred years of forest education in Australia will be celebrated in 2010 in a series of events throughout Victoria, where it all started.

Coinciding as it does with a current set of relevant crises – not least unprecedented wildfires and water shortages – the centenary presents a wonderful opportunity to contemplate a very different scenario for the coming 100 years of forestry education, building on and celebrating the traditions and learnings from the past.

Events planned include a mix of serious reflection, and fun-filled social gatherings and activities, and a collection of historical data and memorabilia, all designed to attract the widest array of individuals who have any connection with forestry education in Australia.

Regional events: are planned for various centres, culminating in a big social weekend at Creswick in October 2010. The big weekend will involve outdoor activities including walks, bike rides, car-rally, tree plantings, barbecues, garden party and a dinner and party.

Conference: A major conference on the future of forest education will be held. Further information will be posted on this website as it becomes available.

Historical Collections: are being assembled and will be published, including alumni lists from all who spent any time at the Creswick and Melbourne University forest education campuses.

A history of the school at Creswick over its first 100 years is being compiled, with reference to predecessor books and collections, supplemented by personal stories and memorabilia of the alumni.

Sponsorship: Though events and publications are planned to be self-financing, opportunities will be offered to potential sponsors who wish to be associated with the centenary. Their sponsorship may be used to subsidize events and publications, or to fund a trust to further forest education in Victoria.

Getting involved. Register your interest to be included in the Centenary mailing list.