New CFPO appointed

Ms Anne Chuter has been appointed as the next Chief Forest Practices Officer (CFPO) to replace Dr Peter Volker, who is retiring.

The CFPO manages the Forest Practices Authority (FPA) and the 165 Forest Practices Officers working in the forest industry. As the independent regulator of forestry and land clearing, the FPA ensures compliance with the Forest Practices Act 1985 and the Forest Practices Code as well as other environmental and cultural heritage requirements.

Anne Chuter, incoming CFPO

Ms Chuter was the Biodiversity Program Manager at FPA, with nearly 20 years of experience providing practical advice on important conservation values that must be managed in forestry operations.

Dr Volker reflected on his time as CFPO, “As a professional forester, it’s been a privilege to lead the FPA. We are focused on assisting everyone in the sustainable management of Tasmania’s forests.  Everyone involved in the forest sector is committed to the forest practices system has been in place for 35 years and is unique in Australia. The dedication and commitment of Forest Practices Officers and forest workers reflects their care for sustainable forest management,” he said.

Peter’s intention is to stay involved with forestry.

“Forestry has been recognised at recent international COP meetings as a means to increase carbon sequestration and storage. I feel that I still have a lot to contribute. I’ve made professional friendships with people all over the world and I would like to build on that,” he said.

Incoming CFPO, Anne Chuter, acknowledged the contribution Dr Peter Volker has made to the Tasmanian forestry industry and the FPA over his career.

“I would like to thank Peter for his dedication to the role of CFPO over the last six years, and the knowledge he has generously shared with the everyone at the FPA and throughout the forest industry. I have been fortunate to work in Tasmania’s forests for most of my career, and over that time I have developed a deep appreciation for the skills and experience of people working within and contributing to the industry. Tasmania’s forests have many diverse values and I look forward to the opportunity to continue working in this dynamic field, and to lead the FPA to meet the challenges ahead.”