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New Appointments at PF Olsen

PF Olsen is pleased to welcome Phil Lacy and Mark Wybourne to the PF Olsen team.

Phil (see photo right) is an experienced forester based on the NSW north coast where he has worked with Forests NSW in operational silviculture, systems development, research and fire management roles for ten years prior to joining PF Olsen Australia.

In 2003, Phil represented the Australian Forest Industry for 12 months at the World Forest Institute in Portland, Oregon (USA). During this time, he researched how investment in forestlands was changing the way these forests were being managed. This study culminated in the report 'The Changing World of Forest Management'. A paper from this report was published in the journal Australian Forestry in 2005.

Phil submitted his PhD thesis last year which focused on fuel accumulation, fire behaviour, and the effect of fire on young eucalypt plantations. The study was sponsored by the Bushfire CRC and Forests NSW through the University of NSW. The publication of a 'Prescribed Burning Guide for Young Eucalypts' written by Phil (in consultation with a working group consisting of fire experts from many state agencies) is due for release in April.

Phil will be based at Coffs Harbour and joins Pat Groenhout who heads up PF Olsen Australia.

Mark is a qualified forestry professional with over 25 years of extensive industry experience, ranging through practical forestry work, academic study, corporate forest management and farmer/investor forest management and consultancy.

Previous employment has been with Timberlands Ltd, Greenwave Forestry Ltd, Fletcher Challenge Forests, Forestry Corporation of NZ Ltd and CHH Forests Ltd.

Mark recently took up the position of Marlborough Branch Manager based in Blenheim. Welcome aboard Mark!