Southern African Institute of Forestry

The SAIF is a professional association of forestry related professionals geared towards delivering a professional service to forestry.
Our mission is to assist members to achieve excellence in the practice of forestry, to promote growth and sustainability in the industry whilst being responsible as custodians of a sensitive environment.

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27th Annual TPCP-CTHB Symposium
Dates: 16-18 May 2016
Venue: FABI, University of Pretoria

The annual meeting of the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) and DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology (CTHB) is rapidly drawing closer. The event, which has become one of the most important for a relating to forest tree health in South Africa, will again be held in mid May (Monday 16th to Wednesday 18th). The main TPCP Symposium will be on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th with satellite meetings, lab and facility visits and a meeting of the Core Team Members of the CTHB will be held on Monday 16th - with all welcome to attend these events.

As has been the case in the past, the 27th annual meeting of the TPCP will focus on key issues relating to forest tree health in South Africa. Importantly, the meeting will again seek to provide feedback to forest industry and other stakeholders on programmes focused on dealing with threatening pest and disease problems following an integrated pest management approach. This year, we will again have the opportunity to learn from colleagues in other parts of the world and to ‘benchmark' TPCP work internationally. Internationally recognized tree health specialists who will present talks include, amongst others:
• Prof. Everett Hansen (Oregon State University)
• Dr. Jeremy Allison (Natural Resources, Canada)
• Dr. Peter Scott (Scion, New Zealand) will be amongst the guest speakers.
We look forward to welcoming you in Pretoria and once again to use this opportunity to exchange ideas and to further the important goal of “KEEPING TREES HEALTHY”. Please do not hesitate to contact us ( if you require any advice regarding this important event. A preliminary programme and registration forms will be distributed soon.
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It is with regret that I must inform you of the passing of Bob Scott (US 1950), who died peacefully yesterday, four months before his 90th birthday. His biographic sketch as it will appear in the next edition of The South African Forester reads:
Scott, Robert William Sinclair, “Bob”; 16/6/1926, Dundee, Natal; p CBC junior, Kimberley H CBC, Kimberley m 1944.
1950 Awarded BSc, US; 1950-52 Asst. Conservator, Graskop; 1953-55 DFO, Cape Town; 1955-58 DFO, Kokstad; 1958-59 DFO, Umtata; 1959-60 DFO, Spitskop District, Sabie; 1960-62 DFO, Central District, Umtata; 1962 Forester, Sappi, Ixopo; 1963 Pulp and paper study, Enstra & Ngodwana; 1964 Regional manager, Sappi, Natal & Zululand; 1965 Manager, Tugela Mill; 1966-69 Manager, Adamas Mill, Port Elizabeth; 1969-72 National operations and production manager, Sappi Forests, Johannesburg; 1972-85 Regional manager, Transvaal; 1985 Retired to Port Elizabeth. †3/2/1916

Bob was in all respects a legendary forester.

Brian Bredenkamp
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