NSW Forest Science
NSW Forest Science is a forest research and development service unit operating within the NSW Department of Primary Industries. The unit is based at Parramatta Sydney and comprises 12 staff with scientific expertise in the following four core areas:
- forest health and biosecurity
- ecology and sustainability
- forest resource assessment
- carbon in forests and harvested wood products
The unit also has extensive technical expertise and capability in field based research, biometrics, spatial modelling, GIS and cost-benefit analysis.
NSW Forest Science provides forest related services to a broad array of clients and is open to new business. It provides research and development services to the forestry sector and has the Forestry Corporation of NSW (FCNSW) as a major long term client. NSW Forest Science provides independent research and advice to assist the Forestry Corporation in its sustainable management of 2.2 million hectares of publicly owned State forest.
NSW Forest Science is equally well equipped to provide services to entities with an environmental and or forestry socio-economic focus. Public and private land management agencies and regulatory authorities can all benefit from the services offered by the NSW Forest Science unit.
NSW Forest Science recognises that forests have multiple environmental, social and economic values and has the expertise to quantify these values. Maintenance and or enhancement of these values is best achieved through balance and through the application of active and adaptive management practices that are based on sound scientific evidence.
Active and adaptive management of forests as well as comprehensive assessment and monitoring strategies are required to counter the impacts of invasive pests, diseases and weeds, altered fire regimes and climate change. These threats operate at a landscape scale and as such require a holistic and tenure neutral approach to their management.
Contact NSW Forest Science
- Dr Christine Stone
Principal Research Scientist