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SHARING THE STORIES OF THE TREES

STORIES of the Trees
FIONA SOLTES

J

im Able, ACF, might describe
himself as patient, hard-working
and practical.
But put him in the setting of
his beloved redwoods, and the forester
comes alive with enthusiasm and a sense
of fascination and wonder.
Able has been at the helm of James
L. Able Forestry Consultants, Inc., a
California-based forest property management and appraisal company, since
1979. He's still one who prefers honing
his insight and knowledge in the woods
rather than within four walls.
"It's like the difference between a
research doctor and the horse and buggy
doctor," says George "YG" Gentry,
ACF-MI, in describing his longtime
friend. "The research doctor does valuable
things. But the horse and buggy doctor is
the one who delivers your kids, or is there
when you have the flu. Jim is that kind of
guy, the horse and buggy doctor. He's a
dirt forester, and to me, that's the highest compliment I can pay to somebody in
the profession."

LESSONS LEARNED,
INSIGHT SHARED
In some ways, Able has always wanted to
be a forester; he just didn't realize it until
college. Growing up outside Houston,
Able always enjoyed the outdoors; he
still likes fishing. But he was expected to
go to law school, and it didn't seem the
right fit. He considered a degree in animal
husbandry, but didn't want to end up in
fertilizer sales. Then a horticulture course
at Texas Tech University introduced him
to the idea of forestry, and he "perked
right up."
His family didn't share his joy in the
discovery. His mother, he said, told
him he had lost all of his ambition with
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his choice of career. He ended up with
a degree in range management from
Colorado State University, a minor in forestry and a dream of working for the U.S.
Forest Service. Deployment to Vietnam
and time in the infantry helped put things
in perspective.
"My military experience was very traumatic," Able admitted. "So I can always
say at least I'm not doing that anymore...
I always try to keep a sense of humor, and
I think that helps take some of the tension out of things. I know it does for me."
Before striking out on his own as a
consultant, Able worked for Louisiana
Pacific, Georgia Pacific and the Forest
Service. Along the way, he found numerous mentors who were willing to teach,

share their experiences and encourage
him, a value he still endeavors to pass
along to others today.
"Mentoring meant so much to me, so if I
can do the same for you, I will," said Able,
77, who lives in California with his wife,
Kay, and has two grown sons. "I've been
amazed by people who were so generous
with their time. I've been blessed to work
with those people, and I know you could
never buy that kind of education."
Able also has mentored - and been
mentored - through ACF, which he joined
not long after starting his own business.
He joined at the suggestion of OG Gentry,
YG Gentry's father; the three worked
together on a timber sale appraisal and
the friendship solidified.
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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
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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
The Consultant - 2018 - 21
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
The Consultant - 2018 - 39
The Consultant - 2018 - Invasive Species 101
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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
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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
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The Consultant - 2018 - 54
The Consultant - 2018 - 55
The Consultant - 2018 - Products & Services Marketplace
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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?
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The Consultant - 2018 - cover4
The Consultant - 2018 - outsert1
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