Dr Drielsma was recognised for significant service to the commercial forestry industry, to sustainable management practices and certification programs, and to professional bodies.
As a young boy Dr Drielsma had always been interested in camping and scouts, revelling in being outdoors.
He said at the time he started tertiary education forestry was the only industry which allowed you to gain qualifications and work outdoors.
Dr Drielsma was the general manager of Forestry Tasmania from 1997 to 2005 and the executive general manager from 2005 to 2011.
He is the chair of the Tasmanian Forest Practices Advisory Council and from 2005 to 2012 was the director of the CRC Forestry Limited, the Cooperative Research Centre.
“The thing I like the most about [the award] is that it gives some recognition to the work of foresters and the forestry profession and I hope that foresters generally will feel some recognition reflected out of this,” he said.
His proudest achievement was developing the Australian Forestry Standard which manages the Responsible Wood Certification Scheme.