Reports are emerging that a senior forester with Forestry Tasmania, and past President of the IFA, (Institute of Foresters of Australia), Dr Peter Volker, FIFA RPF, will commence as an Advisor to Senator Richard Colbeck (Tasmania), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture in the Federal Liberal Government on 9 December 2013. Senator Colbeck has national portfolio responsibilities for forestry and fisheries as well as agriculture in Tasmania. Dr Volker will be his primary advisor on forestry.

It is understood Dr Volker informed Forestry Tasmania and his colleagues on Monday that he would not be seeking to renew his current contract.

Dr Volker recently gave a presentation to a conference in Canada, ( ) and has worked in China and Chile. He maintains strong associations with colleagues in blue gum plantation forestry in Portugal, Spain and southern France.

Dr Volker has published articles in
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