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Vic Jurskis, B.Sc. (Forestry) ANU, is a Silviculturist with the Native Forests Division of Forests New South Wales. He has written many papers, and spoken extensively, his main field of interest is in forest health and fire management in Australian forests. He has been involved in research of forest regeneration and growth, forest decline, prescribed burning for biodiversity and protection of society, koalas, smoky mice and mistletoes.

Dr Turner worked for State Forests of New South Wales for more than 30 years, initially as a Forester, then Senior Research Scientist and for the last 10 years as Director of Research. He completed his Doctorate at the University of Washington and worked with the International Biological Program. Johns' research has been wide ranging and productive. He has published more than 150 scientific publications, on forest nutrition, nutrient cycling, management of forest soils, development of site specific management systems, impacts of harvesting and management of sites, and maintenance and increase of productivity of forest stands.

Roger Underwood is a former General Manager of CALM in Western Australia, a regional and district manager, a research manager and bushfire specialist. Roger currently directs a consultancy practice with a focus on bushfire management. He lives in Perth, Western Australia.

William Leonard "Bill" Gammage AM is an Australian academic historian, Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre of the Australian National University (ANU). He was on the faculty of the University of Papua New Guinea and the University of Adelaide. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences and deputy chair of the National Museum of Australia. Bill researched and wrote the book The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines made Australia. It won the 2012 Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History in the Prime Minister's Literary Awards, the 2011 Manning Clark House National Cultural Awards and awarded the 2012 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards overall Victorian Prize for Literature on top of the non-fiction category prize.