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Statutory appendices Overseas visits Risk management and insurance City/Country/ Name/Position Purpose Date Dr Ross Dickson New Zealand Attend Radiata Pine Breeding Company Board and Risk management Director 21–24/8/2011 Committee meetings Risks identified and management strategies put Land Management & New Zealand Attend Radiata Pine Breeding Company Board and in place by Forests NSW include: Forestry Services 6–7/2/2012 Committee meetings Mr Vic Jurskis Attend and present a paper at the World Bush fireexicoM Silviculturist Conference of the Society for Ecological Native Forest Operations Restoration Forests NSW has been implementing21–28/8/2011 California Study tour of training methodology, recruitment recommendations from an external review of Mr Cameron Wade major fire management completed in 2011.practices and equipment used by firefightingUSA Fire Training Coordinator 23–29/3/2012 organisations. The focus has been on training to ensure staff competencies are maintained. Forests NSW, Privacy management obligations, auditing and compliance workshops for senior managers on incidentassisted by the RFS completed a series ofof amelioration strategies, reporting Forests NSW respects the privacy of our requirements; management skills in major fires. employees and members of the public who quantifying the carbon sequestered in Fire management capabilities, planning, use our services and complies with the forests and forest products in NSW; procedures and policies have all been requirements of the Privacy and Personal reviewed and updated taking into accountbiomass assessment for bioenergy and Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIPA) and recommendations from the fire review andbiochar production, the potential of the Health Records and Information Privacy findings of the Victorian Bushfire Commissionbiochar and recycled organics to increase Act 2002. of Inquiry.production, and forest management to Complaints under Part 5 of PPIPA are received increase soil carbon. Application of Life As part of normal fire management practices, and managed centrally by NSW T&I in Cycle Assessment ensures new initiatives Forests NSW maintains high levels of fire coordination with Forests NSW. No complaints are based on sustainability principles; and planning, preparedness and suppression were received for Forests NSW in 2011–12. biometrical support to ensure statistically capacity.  Risk mitigation strategies include Requests for access to personal information robust research and monitoring programs early detection through a network of fire held by NSW T&I may be made to the Privacy covered bv the MOU. towers, patrols on high fire danger days, integrated communications, technical Management Officer, PO Box K220 Haymarket Research is also performed by Forests NSW own applications such as Lighting Strike Detection NSW 1240 or email Privacy@industry.nsw.gov.au Land Management & Forestry Services branch System and use of satellite infrared imagery. Research and development and supporting partner of the CRC for Forestry. casual labour) available for immediateThis is supported by well trained staff (includingand Forests NSW is a partner of the Bushfire CRC The Forest Science Centre, NSW DPI provides deployment utilising a heavy and light tanker Responding to community research and development services to Forests fleet, supported by a fleet of earth moving NSW under an MOU. There are four main concerns heavy machinery and contract aircraft.  Outside programs: Forest Biosecurity and Resource of the fire season, fuel loads in the forests are Assessment; Forest Ecology; New Forests; and Forests NSW has received representations maintained through prescribed burning or Biometric Services. from the community surrounding neighbour, grazing and an extensive network of roads and Research activities include: environmental and customer issues and fire trails is maintained. forest health surveillance for possible Pests and diseasesconcerns. Further details can be found in the Supplementary Sustainability Indicator Data outbreaks of pests and diseases; 2011-12 available online at www.forests.nsw.gov.au Forests NSW undertakes systematic health operational adoption of high spatial surveys of the planted forest estate to assess resolution remote sensing technologies for A Good Neighbour Policy is available from forest health and to detect exotic incursions forest planning, resource assessment, yield our website which outlines Forests NSW and possible outbreaks of pests and diseases modelling and forest health; commitment to developing and maintaining of forests and timber. Reports on health strong relations with our neighbours. scientifically based monitoring of surveys detail the location, extent and severity biodiversity in native and plantation Where representations on issues cannot be of detected damaging pests, diseases, weeds forests to support operational planning, resolved with frontline staff, complaint handling and climatic factors with recommended impact assessment, the development procedures are available on NSW DPI website. corrective actions. Forests NSW Annual Report 2011–12 Social, Environmental and Economic Performance 123


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