President: Philippe Morgan (Wales, United Kingdom)
Phil Morgan has pursued a varied career in forestry that first took him to France where he worked in state and community woodlands before reading for a degree in forestry at Aberdeen University. He worked as a forest surveyor in the tropical rainforests of Brunei, then as a forest manager for Tilhill Forestry in the Scottish Borders that led him to become the Shotton Paper Company Area Forest Manager in Wales.
He now combines consultancy work and the management of woodlands in Wales through his own company Sustainable Forest Management and through a trading co-operative called SelectFor. He is a specialist in continuous cover forest management and close to nature forestry. He has a wide client base including the Forestry Commission in Wales, large plcs, estates, private forestry investors, farmers, community groups and individuals. He is based in Wales but his work has taken him to all parts of the UK, the Republic of Ireland, France and the USA. He is actively expanding the Association Futaie Irrégulière (AFI) network outside of France particularly in Ireland and in Britain.
As a founding member of the Continuous Cover Forestry Group he has represented the group and travelled to many countries across Europe. He attended the inauguration of ProSilva Ireland at Spanish Point in 2001 and has accompanied PSI on many occasions. He has also assisted in establishing ProSilva Norway in 2008.
He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) and a member of the Association of Consulting Foresters (ACF) of America. He is a past chairman of the Continuous Cover Forestry Group (CCFG) 2007 – 2012 and international vice-chairman of the Association Futaie Irrégulière (AFI).
Vice president: Eckart Senitza (Austria)
Eckart Senitza finished his studies at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna at the Institute for Silviculture with his PHD regarding “Silvicultural basics of Cedrus Libani in Turkey”. After working at the Association of Austrian Land and Forest Owners with experience in e.g. public relations, environmental politics he returned to his home near Feldkirchen (Carinthia) in 1991. He started running a consulting bureau for forestry and simultaneously took over the family estate with 850 ha of forests, farm land, hunting & fishing, timber transports, hydroelectric etc.
The main incentive was to continue nature based forestry in his own woodland and to expand the possibilities and fields of action of the whole enterprise. Meanwhile after 25 years the enterprise with 7 employees covers cutting and trading timber of about 10.000 m3 per year, single fellings and almost pure natural regeneration, and consulting for private and public customers. He was leading different projects in international (Interreg) and regional (Leader) context. A steady process of innovation makes the bureau to a technology leader. GIS Software, database development, modelling as well as a lot of communication experience expand the possibilities.
He is the president of Pro Silva Austria since 2012 and continues with a strong team and about 420 members. He intensified the contacts to the neighbouring countries Italy, Slovenija, Germany and Switzerland. Now he helps to build a network of exemplary forests in Austria and contributes establishing a net of reference stands for nature based best practice examples according the AFI standard.
Secretary: Padraig O’Tuama (Ireland)
Padraig O Tuama is Best Practice Team leader – Forest Productivity with Coillte Teoranta in Ireland. Padraig trained as Forester in the Department of Forestry Training School graduating in1983 Padraig has worked as Assistant Forester, Training and Safety Manager, Timber Sales and Marketing Co-ordinator, Resource Planning Manager and Forest Manager before becoming District Manager in Southwest Peninsulas District in Coillte in 2006 up to 2012. He has been Task-Leader for LISS in Coillte Teo. since 2003. He has put in place training courses in CCF in broadleaves and in conifers, has established the link with the AFI in France and set up the first AFI site in Ireland. He was also involved in drawing up the LISS policy for Coillte and the establishment of the 34 designated sites in Coillte. Padraig worked on COFORD/UCD Low Impact Silviculture Systems Research project from 2010 to 2014 through which a further five AFI sites were established in different forest types in Ireland. Padraig has been a member of Pro Silva Ireland since 2003, was member of Pro Silva Committee from 2005 and was chairperson of Prosilva Ireland from 2010 – 2015. Padraig is secretary to board of Prosilva since 2015 and on the board of newly established Atlantic AFI.
Treasurer: Anne Hürzeler (Switzerland)
Anne Hürzeler-de Turckheim, born in Strasbourg, first three years living in Truttenhausen, then near Paris and on holidays in Alsace, from 1979 to 1984 studies at SFIT (ETH) in Zurich, autumn 1984 diploma of forest engineer (today MSc.), 1984 till spring 1987 working in the Coopérative forestière du Nouvion, helping my father to establish the 1st CCF-managed plan. 1987 – 2002 different management and others forest projects in Switzerland, 1992 founder member of the ANW Switzerland (to day Pro Silva Switzerland) and election as member of her board, where I am still the treasurer. 2013 election in the board of Pro Silva as treasurer.
Administrator: Lucie Vítková (Germany)
Lucie Vítková currently works for the European Forest Institute (regional office EFICENT in Freiburg, Germany). Lucie fulfilled a PhD at University College Dublin where she focused on various aspects of transformation to continuous cover forestry, which remains her main interest along with social aspects of forestry.
She was previously involved in research projects in the tropics in Ghana at the Forest Research Institute of Ghana (natural regeneration following selective logging) and in Brunei Darussalam at the Tasek Merinbum Nature Reserve (biodiversity in selectively thinned forests). However, she also completed a project focusing on a biodiversity of plants diseases plant in Scotland as a part of her internship with Aberdeen University.
PROSILVA EUROPE CONSTITUTION
The signatory members of the current memorandum, following regular contacts and meetings since 1987, and the meeting of foresters from 10 European countries on the 18th to 22nd December 1989 in Slovenia (former Yugoslavia), created a European Association of Foresters who advocates forest management based on natural processes.
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