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Interforst Green Couch taken over by women

The “Green Couch” is the meeting place for experts from business and politics at Interforst. For the first time ever, it will be occupied by a group consisting exclusively of women. Source: Timberbiz

The “ladies of the forest” will exchange views on their roles and everyday working lives in this male domain on 18 July. Interforst is on in Germany from 16-20 July, 2014.

Women are shaping the future of the forests – for example as employees of a forest enterprise, farmers and foresters, forest administration managers, forestry engineers, private forest owners or forestry politicians.

Friday afternoon, the “Green Couch” will belong to five women from the forestry sector, they will report on their everyday working lives.

Kirsten Joas senior forest administration official at the Niederseeon Forestry District, is a consultant for Bavarian private forest owners in matters relating to forest management.

Regina Baumann forestry engineer, works as a service point manager at the Bavarian State Forests in Hammelburg. She is responsible for personnel deployment planning and personnel matters; in addition, she procures and coordinates forestry services.

At three out of a total of 41 forest enterprises in Bavaria, women manage the service points.

Dr Ruth Dirsch forestry engineer in the personnel development department of the Bavarian State Forests and equal opportunities officer has her sights on knowledge transfer, personnel development and corporate health management.

She will use her presence on the “Green Couch” to introduce the classical forestry enterprise as a modern, family-friendly employer who equally offers excellent career opportunities for women.

Gabriele Hackner member of the Eichstätt Forest Enterprise Association is a passionate farmer and forester her credo is “forest conversion and regeneration without afforestation”.

Simone Grießer works at the office of the Griesser Forstbetriebs GmbH forestry enterprise where she is in charge of organization and materials procurement. She is responsible for the sale of motor saws, rails and chains.

On Sunday 20 July Angelika Schorer, chairwoman of the Agricultural Committee of the Bavarian State Parliament, will present the topic of “Forest and timber – indispensable pillars of the Bavarian economy” on the “Green Couch“.

In her work she is committed to ensure “that the forest can be managed without any accidents and in a soil- and eco-friendly manner“.