(1) The Minister, on the recommendation of the Authority, is to appoint a State Service officer or State Service employee to be chief forest practices officer and that officer or employee holds that office in conjunction with State Service employment.
(2) A person appointed as chief forest practices officer must have
(a) extensive expertise in forestry; and
(b) extensive experience in forest operations; and
(c) knowledge of the sustainable management of forests; and
(d) management skills.
(3) If a person who is appointed as chief forest practices officer was not a forest practices officer immediately before that appointment, he or she is, by virtue of that appointment and without further authorisation than this subsection, a forest practices officer for the purposes of this Act.
(4) The Authority may recommend to the Minister that the appointment of a person as chief forest practices officer should be terminated if the Authority is reasonably of the opinion that the person
(a) is not discharging the duties of that office efficiently or in the best interests of the State; or
(b) is, except by reason of temporary illness, unfit to discharge or incapable of discharging the duties of the office.
(5) Subsection (4) does not limit or affect a power to terminate the appointment of a person as chief forest practices officer that is contained in any other enactment or in any contract of service relating to that office.