Moulton College is getting ready to welcome young foresters from all over the UK to the inaugural “Future Foresters” event, organised by the Royal Forestry Society.
The event takes place on Friday 20th October 2017, 9am – 4.15pm, and is primarily aimed at current college and university students, and people who graduated within the last three years.
Students will hear from leaders in the field of forestry, arboriculture and timber technology including Jez Ralph from Timber Strategies, Phil Wade from Sorbus International, Nick Pott from Arbsites, Dan Ridley-Ellis of Edinburgh Napier University and Jonas Wikner of Haglof in Sweden who will focus on how technology is changing the future of forestry and the skills employers are looking for.
There will also be a series of interactive demonstrations covering digital mensuration (measurements), sonic tomography, tree health, climate change, digital mapping, remote control technology and more.
Adam Todd, RFS Future Foresters Officer, said: “Forestry is constantly evolving to become more technology and innovation led - from the way we plan and plant our forests and woodlands, to the way we harvest and market our timber.
“Therefore, tomorrow's foresters will need to have the skills to work with cutting edge robotics, GIS, GPS, advanced cab and harvesting technologies, and be able to plan with confidence in a world where environmental change is impacting on the species we used to be able to rely on!
“This event is a great opportunity for our Future Foresters to get up to date tips from the experts and get hands-on with some of the latest technology and cutting edge equipment.”
Elizabeth Bryony-Cuff, Programme Leader for Land-Based Courses at Moulton College said: “We are delighted to host this event for the benefit of students across the country – including our own arboriculture students. We are passionate about encouraging young people into land-based subjects and we really hope that this event will help to inspire the next generation of foresters and arborists to aim high in their chosen career.”
Adam concludes: “I’d like to thanks Sorbus International and Stihl for sponsoring the event. The event would not be possible without their support.”
To register for the event, please visit: www.rfs.org.uk/events/future-foresters