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■■ Nalbaugh and Bondi State Forests, near Bombala – repaired and maintained the recreation facilities at Nalburgh and Rockton Falls; ■■ Nullica State Forest, far south coast – restored the walking track and improved the recreation facilities at Nethercote Falls; and ■■ Newnes State Forest, Lithgow – removed exotic pine wildings from the Newnes Plateau Swamp, an endangered ecological community. Forests NSW has also long had a team of dedicated volunteers undertaking bush regeneration at Cumberland State Forest at West Pennant Hills to improve the forest environment. This year, a new, volunteer The new look website at: www.forests.nsw.gov.au program with a major neighbour of the forest, IBM Australia, began. As part of IBM Australia’s students learn about how foresters protect ■■ easy access to information such as harvest corporate commitment to volunteering, teams animals in the forest, including rare and plans for native forests; of IBM staff dedicated a day every three months endangered species. ■■ enhanced visitor information for some of to bush regeneration in the forest. our most popular forests; e-log launched Developing our staff In November 2011, Forests NSW published ■■ contractor portal;login button for the customer/ Forests NSW focused on developing the skills the first issue of e-log, a new, electronic ■■ integrated news function which feeds and abilities of key staff in better engaging with newsletter. e-log continues in the tradition our electronic newsletter e-log; and of the Bush Telegraph magazine, offering communities in which we operate, with 30 staff ■■ those web essentials such as RSS feeds. informative stories on a range of forest participating in a training program customised for Forests NSW (see case story page 22). and forestry-related issues. To become a The project was part of a broader web subscriber, visit www.forests.nsw.gov.au project in NSW T&I with Forests NSW being the Forest education first site revamped – www.forests.nsw.gov.au Forests NSW is a keen partner in a new Popular forest areasNew look website www.forestlearning.edu.au . The site, launched this year, building on the results of a user research upgradedForests NSW significantly upgraded its website nation-wide forest education resource, project. Some of the new features include: in 2011, was developed by the Forest and Forests NSW upgraded a further two Wood Products Association (FWPA) through ■■ a new look and feel; picnic areas in the popular Cumberland a collaborative network of forest educators ■■ improved navigation based on what State Forest at West Pennant Hills. The two and communication specialists from across people are looking for rather than improved picnic areas, Shepherds and Australia, including from Forests NSW. organisational structure; Bellamy, are close to the nursery and cafe as Forest learning can reach into schools across the country by providing a one-stop-shop for forest and wood products education resources from various State agencies. The site allows teachers to search easily for activities, fact sheets and multimedia resources that align with the curriculum to support their teaching. Forests NSW has promoted the site through our education networks, school excursion program and website and partnered with forest learning to attend events such as the Youth Eco Summit held at Homebush in October 2011, which attracted thousands of school students. Forests NSW also developed an educational ‘app’ during the year, called Wildlife Detective. It can be downloaded free from our website or school students visiting Cumberland State Forest can enjoy it on an iPad stand at the visitor centre. Through playing the app, Forests NSW new electronic newsletter ‘e-log’ was launched in November 2011. Forests NSW Annual Report 2011–12 Social, Environmental and Economic Performance 21


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