NGT Senior Ecologist, Bryan Haywood, recently received the Green Triangle Timber Industry Work Health Safety and Environment Award, recognising his commitment to conservation within the forestry industry.
Bryan has been with NGT since mid-2014, and has been working in the environmental industry in the South East since graduating with a degree in Natural Resource Management in 1994. After completing his studies in Adelaide, he moved back to Mt Gambier and worked in various roles which saw him educating the region’s young people in environmental issues, preparing park fire management plans, and encouraging landholders to manage their areas of remnant bush and wetlands.
In 2005, Bryan joined the timber industry as a conservation planner for ForestrySA. Initially, Bryan worked on conservation planning in the region’s Native Forest Reserves (which cover more than 12,000 hectares in 53 reserves) and later also in conservation planning within productive pine plantations.
From 2006 to 2014, Bryan was part of a team that implemented the establishment of a series of biodiversity corridors across the plantation estate, strategically linking patches of native forest in order to facilitate greater flora and fauna movement. The program continues still today, with NGT assisting its delivery on behalf of ForestrySA for the past two years.
In a five year period from 2009 to 2014, Bryan and ForestrySA colleague, Troy Horn, assessed the environmental significance of remnant vegetation patches and wetlands within 90,000 hectares of ForestrySA’s pine estate, ensuring that all areas of high conservation value were protected during operations.
Since joining the NGT team, Bryan has continued to work with the forestry industry, providing specialist advice on native vegetation regulations, and working with the industry to protect and enhance environmental values. Bryan’s efforts have seen wetland birds return, weeds decrease, and the quality of native vegetation increase. A recent achievement has been the implementation of wedge-tailed eagle monitoring at known nest sites within plantation, which has resulted in positively influencing harvest practices and eagles returning to their nests.
Bryan is held in high regard within the timber industry due to his practical approach to managing environmental values within commercial operations. We are very proud to have Bryan on our team, and extend our congratulations to him on receiving this thoroughly deserved award. Well done Bryan!