The Bjarne K Dahl Trust focuses on eucalypts, an Australian icon and a significant aspect of Australia’s natural environment and biodiversity. We envisage a public inspired by and appreciative of eucalypts.
National Eucalypt Day 2015
National Eucalypt Day is an initiative of the Bjarne K Dahl Trust, which aims to further raise awareness of eucalypts and celebrate the important place that they hold in the hearts and lives of Australians. The Bjarne K Dahl Trust held the inaugural National Eucalypt Day on the 23rd of March 2014. This date was chosen as it is the birthday of the Trust’s namesake and it is intended that National Eucalypt Day becomes an annual event.
On 23rd March 2015 the Bjarne K Dahl Trust in partnership with Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne celebrated National Eucalypt Day 2015. In 2015, the Bjarne K. Dahl Trust instituted a Medal to recognise a significant, sustained contribution in one or more of the fields of: forestry, scientific research, conservation, community projects or education associated with eucalypts and with demonstrated benefit to Australia.
The awarding of the Medal is based on demonstration of the candidate’s excellent contribution in one or more of the above fields and carried out in Australia. The medal will be awarded from time to time and presented in association with the Trust’s celebration of National Eucalypt Day.
The inaugural Bjarne K Dahl Medal was awarded to Dr Dean Nicolle from Currency Creek Arboretum (http://www.dn.com.au/) who has provided outstanding contribution to Eucalypt conservation and education. The Bjarne K Dahl Trust would like to thank the Secretary of the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Mr Adam Fennessy for presenting the medal to Dr Nicolles.
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Stories of Grand Old Gums
Former grantees of the Bjarne K Dahl Trust Small Grants Program, Slopes to Summit, have been running a competition to find large gum trees that have interesting stories attached to them. Not only will the competition identify large trees that hold ecological significance, it will highlight the emotional, cultural and spiritual connection that people have with these trees.
More can be read about the competition here.
Order of Australia Medal
We are exceptionally proud to announce that on Australia Day 2015, Alison Teese, Chairman of the Bjarne K Dahl Trust, was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for service to conservation and the environment in Victoria. Alison has a long history of involvement in conservation and agriculture initiatives, including being one of the founding members of the Moolort Landcare Group and serving on the boards of numerous organisations. She has chaired the Bjarne K Dahl Trust since its inception in 2009 and in that time has overseen the distribution of over $875,000.00 grants towards eucalypt conservation projects.
Alison Teese, Chair of the Bjarne K Dahl Trust
Grant Recipient Malcolm French awarded OAM
The Bjarne K Dahl Trust offers our congratulations to grant recipient Malcolm French for his recent Order of Australia Medal. Malcolm received funding in 2011 through our Small Grants Program to support the publishing of his book “Eucalypts of Western Australia’s Wheatbelt”. Malcolm was recognised for his service to conservation and the environment in Western Australia.