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Richard Stanton awards presented – ForestrySA ranger wins

ForestrySA ranger Kieran Gosden

Mount Gambier-based ForestrySA ranger Kieran Gosden has won the 2021 Richard Stanton Award for her work in sustainable forestry and communities. The award and trophy, presented remotely during Responsible Wood AGM, recognises the life of a man who was devoted to the forest industry in Australia and internationally. Mr Stanton was former CEO of AFS Ltd (now Responsible Wood). Source: Timberbiz

Ms Gosden’s contribution to sustainable forest management and chain of custody systems were recognised at a presentation during the Responsible Wood AGM last week.

Nominated by Amie Power, of ForestrySA, Kieran has worked with the local community, businesses, schools, conservation groups and tourists to improve their engagement with the forest sector.

In presenting the award Responsible Wood CEO, Simon Dorries, reflected on Ms Gosden’s sustained commitment to sustainable forest management and certification standards.

“Kieran’s involvement with the red-tailed black cockatoo, in establishing biodiversity corridors and linking isolated native forest with strips of revegetation and in the success of the award-winning Ghost Mushroom Lane and the ‘Dry Cave experience’ received high acclaim from the judging panel,” Mr Dorries said.

As a member of the Forestry SA Workplace Health and Safety Committee, Ms Gosden is an invaluable member of the Forestry SA family.

Her ‘can-do’ community spirit and enthusiasm for sustainable forest management was recognised during a recent Responsible Wood audit conducted by Global Mark.

Through the establishment of biodiversity corridors, Ms Gosden has joined with local communities and Responsible Wood certified Forest managers, including HVP Plantations and OneFortyOne, and the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, to link areas of isolated native forest with strips of revegetation.

Her work has also extended to conservation groups such as Bird Life Australia to identify nesting areas in the native forest for the endangered red-tailed black cockatoo.

She was instrumental in the success of the award-winning Ghost Mushroom Lane, an initiative involving Responsible Wood-certified Forestry SA and OneFortyOne, acting as tour guide for ‘a seasonal forest experience’, drawing thousands of tourists to Mount Gambier.

And finally, in the establishment of the ‘Dry Caving’ experience, working with the Cave Diving Association of Australia (CDAA) to connect community with an extensive subterranean network of limestone sinkholes and caves in the Mount Gambier and surround Limestone Coast region.

All these areas embody important elements of the Responsible Wood standard.

Responsible Wood was delighted to receive a large number of high-quality nominations.

Three entrants in the 2021 Stanton Award, including one in New Zealand, were highly praised by the Responsible Wood judging committee and recognised by the presentation of certificates.

They are:

  • Nadine Samaha of Level Architekture, nominated by Hyne Timber for her commitment to the use of certified timber.
  • The Weathetex Team, nominated by Vanda Correia for a commitment to innovation in the use of sustainable timber products.
  • Genevieve Early, nominated by Michael Smith for her research into native fungus in New Zealand.