The Consultant - 2018 - 6

FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

End Notes
LYNN WILSON

T

he coming year will be special in two ways. From the
Association of Consulting Foresters' perspective, it
signals a major milestone, with the 70th anniversary
celebration. From a personal perspective, 2018 will
end a very enjoyable and fulfilling 20-year period as your
Executive Director.
The decision to retire from ACF was not an easy one. I find it
difficult to contemplate leaving behind the friends I have made
and the colleagues from whom I have learned so much. I have
worked with Executive Committees who have shown strong
leadership and I truly appreciate the level of trust and confidence
demonstrated toward me. Of course, these successes over the
last 20 years would not have been possible without the support
and dedication of ACF members.
I joined ACF in 1998, at a time when the organization was
facing major challenges, including financial insecurity and
a loss of confidence among a growing number of members.
Thankfully, those bleak and challenging times are now behind
us and the organization has evolved into the dynamic and successful group it is today.
I have always felt that I was fortunate to work for the "good
guys." The folks who have integrity and try to do the right
thing, with honor. Living so close to our nation's capital and
the politicos who inhabit it, I am ever grateful that I work for
ACF and not one of the many other groups here. Many have
commented favorably to me on the fact that ACF not only has
a Code of Ethics, they actively hold members to the standard.
When I attend a briefing with a national conference hotel, I
am asked to review the meeting details and describe the group.
First, I explain that the President's Reception isn't a reception
at all. It's a family reunion. Then I tell them that ACF has
never been in a hotel that didn't beg us to come back. That if
the waiter's tray is overloaded, or if the luggage is too heavy,
or if the bus gets stuck (this happened), the foresters do not
hesitate to pitch in and help. I also tell them that most of you

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work outdoors and have big appetites. The hotel in Stevens
Point really got this!
One of the highlights of my tenure was the Alaska national
conference, where we celebrated the 60th anniversary of ACF.
The weather was perfect and we had a private train to Seward
where we boarded boats for a cruise on Resurrection Bay. We saw
amazing wildlife and, best of all, everyone got back on the train
in Seward. This wasn't a foregone conclusion, as there was some
risk in giving 375 guests an hour's free time in Seward. There
would be no other train back. The joke was really on me at the
annual awards banquet. I was sitting next to Charlie VanOver
and noticed that everyone was having a wonderful time and
there was a very long line at the bar. What I didn't realize was
that the hotel had turned a cash bar into a hosted bar and we
were picking up the tab. As always, Charlie talked me off the
ledge and we decided to leave the bar open. (In my early years
with ACF, I thought they must preach abstinence from alcohol
in forestry schools. My first "open bar" event made me realize
that your college experience was probably a lot like mine!) Those
of you who were fortunate enough to be with us in Alaska will
remember it as one of the most enjoyable meetings ever.
I am hoping that the 70th anniversary meeting in Asheville
will be equally memorable. As you can imagine, I have amassed
a lot of anecdotes about people and places. This isn't the time
or place to relate these, but meet me in Asheville and we can
share our memories of the good, the not so good and the
downright comical.
I believe I am leaving an organization that is stronger than
it has ever been in its history, thanks to the members and their
elected leaders. I am confident that ACF is well positioned to
plan for the 100th anniversary - although I am quite certain
that I will not be present to celebrate that milestone! I hope to
remain in contact with as many of my friends and colleagues
in ACF as possible, so when I leave to start a new chapter in my
life, my parting words will not be goodbye, but see you soon!

THE CONSULTANT

2018



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
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The Consultant - 2018 - 10
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The Consultant - 2018 - Maple Syrup: A Steigerwaldt Family Tradition
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The Consultant - 2018 - The South Carolina Chapter and Forestry Students
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The Consultant - 2018 - The Association of Consulting Foresters Celebrates 70 Years
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The Consultant - 2018 - Carbon Offsets: A Viable Opportunity for Forest Landowners?
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The Consultant - 2018 - Changes of Biblical Proportions
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The Consultant - 2018 - Forests for Fish In Michigan, Foresters and Anglers are Learning from Each Other
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The Consultant - 2018 - Case Study: Richland Township Woods, North Central Indiana
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The Consultant - 2018 - Invasive Species 101
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The Consultant - 2018 - Evaluating Forest Inventory Technology for Small Landowners
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The Consultant - 2018 - Choosing the Right Accountant or Tax Preparer
The Consultant - 2018 - The History of Forestry in Ireland
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The Consultant - 2018 - The American Oak Project Midleton Distillery Creates Rare Irish Whiskey to Promote Sustainable Forestry
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The Consultant - 2018 - Products & Services Marketplace
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The Consultant - 2018 - Index of Advertisers
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The Consultant - 2018 - Why not Surround Yourself with the Best?
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