Paul Wells

Director Forest Research & Policy at the NSW Department of Primary Industries Paul Wells

Paul has played an integral role in influencing state and national policy in native forest tenure and Greenhouse Gas Abatement; played the lead role in major positive policy changes regarding the use of native forest residues to produce biomass electricity for the native forestry sector; and was responsible for redesigning and leading the Red Gum Structural Adjustment Program which delivered $M48.7 of financial assistance to business and workers impacted by the 2010 Red Gum Forest decision.

In addition to these, Paul provides policy direction and advice to the Director General and Minister on forestry related matters; leads NSW representation in national forestry forums; holds the positions of Deputy Chair of the National Forests &Forest Products Committee (FFPC) of COAG and Executive Officer of the NSW Forest Industries Taskforce.