The Consultant - 2018 - 11

SHARING THE STORIES OF THE TREES

Dan Cohoon, RPF, who has worked
with Able for more than 35 years, admitted that they haven't always seen eye
to eye.
"We argue, but that doesn't count," said
Cohoon. "We may disagree on how to
achieve a certain task, but at the end of the
day, we agree on what needs to be done."
All in all, he said, they've gotten along
pretty well for an almost four-decade run.
Time has brought mutual respect, he
said, "and I've always appreciated the fact
that he allows me and the other members
of the crew flexibility to do things the
way we deem necessary. He just provides
guidance and oversight."
Cohoon, now 65, started working at
Able Forestry in his early 30s as a forestry
technician. Able was by his side through
the licensing process, he said, and in the
years since, his role has continued to grow
in responsibility and opportunity. He
has overseen harvesting operations and
appraisals - and overseen crews doing
the same. Cohoon considered starting
his own business, "but I respect Jim. I like
what we've done here. And I enjoy working with him. I appreciate him from both
a professional and personal standpoint.
I've never reached the point where I've
had all the fun I could have." Besides,
he said, Able has been a great mentor to
his son, too.

There's also the wonder and beauty of
nature, and the slightly slower pace just
might allow for a bit of reflection and
added insight.
Over time, as Able has shared the stories of the trees, he also has been willing
to share his accomplishments and failures,
something that makes him all the more
relatable and worthy of trust.
"Sometimes you learn more from failing and recognizing it than you do from

any accomplishment," he said. "It's good
to be able to say, 'Everything worked
out great.' But sometimes it's better to
say, 'I did that, and it didn't work, and
here's why.'"
Taking that into account, he pauses for
a moment when asked what he feels he's
brought to the industry.
"Hopefully," he said, "not a
headache."

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Able, in his signature drawl, notes that
there are a lot of "experts" in the field
of forestry today who know just enough
to be dangerous. Education of those
in the industry - and outside of it -
must continue, he said.
"One of the problems we have as
foresters is that pretty soon you start
taking things for granted," Able said.
"You start thinking, 'Well, everybody
knows that.' But everybody doesn't know
that. You may be talking to very intelligent people, but that doesn't mean they
know your jargon. They may be coming from a completely different angle.
Learning to communicate with people
is a constant problem."
But get them out among the trees, he
said, and things are different. The "training aids" are right there to prove a point.
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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
The Consultant - 2018 - 30
The Consultant - 2018 - 31
The Consultant - 2018 - 32
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?
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The Consultant - 2018 - cover4
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