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SHARING THE STORIES OF THE TREES

"One of the things you should know
about how these jobs work is that you're
pretty far out in the field," YG Gentry said.
"Out here in the West, it's not like you
go drive out and then come back home.
You spend some extended time there."
They stayed at a "beat-up hotel in the
middle of nowhere," he said, "and in that
environment, you get to know a lot about
someone, and what kind of person they
are." Able and the elder Gentry simply

understood each other, he said, and "it
was always fun to watch those two guys
banter back and forth. My dad liked Jim
right away - his conversation, his outlook.
He thought quite highly of him." Able felt
the same, and was the friend who knew
to call and check on the younger Gentry
on his first day back in the office after OG
Gentry's sudden passing in 2001.
"He had a diagnosis on a Tuesday, then
was gone on Sunday," YG Gentry said.

TAKING THE COMMON-SENSE VIEW
Beyond simply being a good guy and solid
friend, Able has long been known for his
forestry expertise. He has been recognized
for his silviculture approach to managing
property and functional thinning of redwoods, one based on the idea of slowing
down diameter growth while increasing
height. He also has been known to set
National Geographic straight on environmental perspectives and the cutting of
trees, is featured in an oral history video
project produced by Northern California
Society of American Foresters and has
been honored with ACF's Distinguished
Forester award.
"Jim has a very practical, commonsense perspective on things, and it's very
refreshing to hear," Gentry said. "It's not
couched in a lot of fluff." It is, however,
couched in a good Texas drawl, one that
can be disarming when he speaks truth.
"At the end of the day, when you go
into a discussion with Jim about the philosophy of forestry, I don't care if you're
a Ph.D. or someone with an advanced
degree and you think you know what
you're talking about. You're not going
to win that discussion," said Gentry,
now vice president of regulatory affairs
for the California Forestry Association.
"When Jim speaks, that's the answer.
It's not in a pound-the-fist-on-the-table
way. He does it with this folksy charm.
I've had it happen to me: I'll go in and
pontificate and bloviate and throw out
my theories, and Jim will just sit there
and patiently listen. He'll tent his fingers, and say, 'YG, that's an interesting
theory, but let me explain to you how this
is going to work on the ground.' And he's
right. People may be disarmed by that
down-home charm, but his intellect is
incredibly sharp."

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"That Monday morning was the hardest
day of my life, having to go to the office,
the one I'd shared with my father for
25 years. I remember sitting there, staring at my desk, wondering, 'What do I do
now?' when the phone rang. It must have
been 7:30 in the morning, and it was Jim.
He wanted to know if it was true. But he
didn't call for information; he called to
make sure I was OK."

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Consultant - 2018

From the Executive Director End Notes
From the President ACF: Forestry, Fellowship and Value
Sharing the Stories of the Trees: ACF Distinguished Forester Jim Able
Maple Syrup: A Steigerwaldt Family Tradition
The South Carolina Chapter and Forestry Students
The Association of Consulting Foresters Celebrates 70 Years
Carbon Offsets: A Viable Opportunity for Forest Landowners?
Changes of Biblical Proportions
Forests for Fish In Michigan, Foresters and Anglers are Learning from Each Other
Case Study: Richland Township Woods, North Central Indiana
Invasive Species 101
Evaluating Forest Inventory Technology for Small Landowners
Choosing the Right Accountant or Tax Preparer
The History of Forestry in Ireland
The American Oak Project Midleton Distillery Creates Rare Irish Whiskey to Promote Sustainable Forestry
Products & Services Marketplace
Index of Advertisers
Why not Surround Yourself with the Best?
The Consultant - 2018 - Intro
The Consultant - 2018 - cover1
The Consultant - 2018 - cover2
The Consultant - 2018 - 3
The Consultant - 2018 - 4
The Consultant - 2018 - 5
The Consultant - 2018 - From the Executive Director End Notes
The Consultant - 2018 - From the President ACF: Forestry, Fellowship and Value
The Consultant - 2018 - Sharing the Stories of the Trees: ACF Distinguished Forester Jim Able
The Consultant - 2018 - 9
The Consultant - 2018 - 10
The Consultant - 2018 - 11
The Consultant - 2018 - Maple Syrup: A Steigerwaldt Family Tradition
The Consultant - 2018 - 13
The Consultant - 2018 - 14
The Consultant - 2018 - 15
The Consultant - 2018 - The South Carolina Chapter and Forestry Students
The Consultant - 2018 - 17
The Consultant - 2018 - 18
The Consultant - 2018 - 19
The Consultant - 2018 - The Association of Consulting Foresters Celebrates 70 Years
The Consultant - 2018 - 21
The Consultant - 2018 - Carbon Offsets: A Viable Opportunity for Forest Landowners?
The Consultant - 2018 - 23
The Consultant - 2018 - 24
The Consultant - 2018 - 25
The Consultant - 2018 - 26
The Consultant - 2018 - 27
The Consultant - 2018 - Changes of Biblical Proportions
The Consultant - 2018 - 29
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The Consultant - 2018 - 33
The Consultant - 2018 - Forests for Fish In Michigan, Foresters and Anglers are Learning from Each Other
The Consultant - 2018 - 35
The Consultant - 2018 - 36
The Consultant - 2018 - 37
The Consultant - 2018 - Case Study: Richland Township Woods, North Central Indiana
The Consultant - 2018 - 39
The Consultant - 2018 - Invasive Species 101
The Consultant - 2018 - 41
The Consultant - 2018 - 42
The Consultant - 2018 - 43
The Consultant - 2018 - Evaluating Forest Inventory Technology for Small Landowners
The Consultant - 2018 - 45
The Consultant - 2018 - 46
The Consultant - 2018 - Choosing the Right Accountant or Tax Preparer
The Consultant - 2018 - The History of Forestry in Ireland
The Consultant - 2018 - 49
The Consultant - 2018 - 50
The Consultant - 2018 - 51
The Consultant - 2018 - The American Oak Project Midleton Distillery Creates Rare Irish Whiskey to Promote Sustainable Forestry
The Consultant - 2018 - 53
The Consultant - 2018 - 54
The Consultant - 2018 - 55
The Consultant - 2018 - Products & Services Marketplace
The Consultant - 2018 - 57
The Consultant - 2018 - 58
The Consultant - 2018 - 59
The Consultant - 2018 - Index of Advertisers
The Consultant - 2018 - 61
The Consultant - 2018 - Why not Surround Yourself with the Best?
The Consultant - 2018 - cover3
The Consultant - 2018 - cover4
The Consultant - 2018 - outsert1
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