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As well as showing all the State forests and national parks in the area, these maps highlight all regularly maintained roads and trails, walking tracks, recreation areas and lookouts. The reverse side contains photographs and commentary on the history of the regions’ forests and forestry in the area, along with details of recreation sites and facilities. Forest maps are available for purchase online from Forests NSW website. Visitor surveys As part of Forests NSW native forest tourism program, visitor surveys were undertaken during the year at popular visitor destinations on the north coast in Olney, Heaton, Strickland, Coopernook, Kerewong and Orara East State Forests. Visitor surveys were also undertaken during some Photo: Bronwyn Ellis recreational events held in State forests. The well as the start of the sensory and forestry Forest maps updated data collected informs and improves walking trails. The works included new management about the use of our visitor picnic tables, upgraded barbecue facilities, Three maps in Forests NSW popular map areas. It also provides data about the new interpretive signage and resurfacing series, the Mid North Coast, Central Coast economic contribution of these destinations of the adjacent sensory trail – a trail and Central West maps were updated and and events to local and regional areas. accessible for people with prams, strollers reprinted during the year. The Lower North and mobility issues.  Coast map was also reprinted. CASE STORY Social licence to operate Engaging with people, particularly those who The program was delivered to 30 key staff from a heavily on the CRC for Forestry’s publication, care about how the forests are managed, is a cross section of the organisation. Handbook for operational community major component of modern forest engagement within Australian plantation The workshop also provided an opportunity management. forest management, which was written by for the CEO Nick Roberts, operational the trainers. By taking the approach of using Getting the community engagement right is branch directors and regional managers to material, research and experts from the forestry important to Forests NSW business success demonstrate their commitment to community industry, the training was particularly relevant and in meeting the community’s expectation engagement by participating in the workshops. for Forests NSW staff. for sustainable management of State forests. Meeting these expectations is often The four-day training program consisted of The workshops covered a wide range of expressed as maintaining our ‘social licence two-day workshops, with a break of around a modules including different methods for to operate’. Our commitment is reinforced month in between sessions. This allowed the engagement, stakeholder analysis, managing through specific actions required as part of theory and skills learned in the first workshop expectations and building capacity to engage, our voluntary certification to the Australian to be applied in a practical work setting with conflict resolution, understanding power and Forestry Standard AS 4708:2007. the outcomes from this explored at the second group dynamics and reviewing relevant forest workshop. industry case studies. This year, Forests NSW firmly put community engagement at the top of the agenda by The course was delivered by research fellows By participating in the training, staff gained adopting a new Stakeholder Engagement Policy from the Australian National University and skills and confidence to consistently and and the rollout of an intensive training program the Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) for effectively engage with neighbours and to improve the way we engage with the Forestry, who have experience in community key community groups and to identify the communities in the areas in which we operate, engagement in a forest management context, best approach to undertake engagement in such as harvesting and bushfire management. both abroad and in Australia. The course drew different circumstances. 22 Forests NSW Annual Report 2011–12 Social, Environmental and Economic Performance


Forest NSW Annual Report 2012
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