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CHAPTER PROFILE

Clemson University forestry students at a South Carolina
Chapter technical meeting. Standing, from left: Trevor Stamey,
Ben Hall, Austin Phillips, Christian Ingraham, Jonathan Cantrell and
Ben Match. Front row, from left: Madison Dominick, John Bryan,
Matthew Miller.

N

atural forests are great for any
number of ecological reasons,
but for top yield a forester
will need to plant a few
superior seedlings.
The same goes for ACF.
For top membership yield, the focus
should be on planting some "superior seedlings" by developing a crop of
student members. The South Carolina
Chapter has been doing that for years -
even before student membership was an
option - by fostering relationships with
Clemson University forestry students who
have an interest in becoming consultants.
The chapter's efforts to welcome students
into the organization have resulted in
an enthusiastic response that seems to
be enhancing both growth and yield of
future ACF members.
It started with making the twice-a-year
meetings more convenient for students to
attend, combined with members making
the students feel welcome. As interest
developed, ACF members became guest
lecturers in forestry classes, and now they
are even helping with the field component
of the forest management plans course.
Serendipitously, ACF developed the
THE CONSULTANT

2018

Milliken Forestry CEO Trip Chavis (center) agreed to be the point
man to work with the student chapter and South Carolina Chapter.
He and South Carolina Chapter Chair Patrick Lee (right) travelled to
Clemson to discuss bylaws and chapter development issues with
Student Chapter Chair Ben Match.

STUDENT PERSPECTIVE
One of the seniors in the "capstone" forestry course was asked for some insights on
what interested the students in ACF. Those insights are below:
Why would a forestry student want to get involved with an organization like
ACF? The reason centers on networking opportunities with forestry professionals
and gaining hands-on experience within the profession. ACF members may benefit
from the student perspective in terms of expanding student involvement in the future
and in bridging the current disconnect between students and senior professionals.
Clemson students clearly recognize the importance of networking and that ACF
provides a wonderful opportunity for this. This interest relates to their upcoming
job search. ACF members are a friendly source of senior-level professional forestry
contacts. Students report back to fellow students on how easy it is to "connect" at
an ACF meeting and this is a clear benefit of attending an ACF meeting.
Students also desire opportunities to analyze first-hand the various fields within
the forest industry before deciding to specialize in one. They like to be exposed to
options before choosing a career path that best fits their specific needs. Because ACF
requires such a high level of consulting forestry experience, it is an ideal opportunity
for students to get an understanding of what consulting will involve.
Students learn how consulting foresters conduct business. They are mentored and
advised by senior ACF members about interacting with landowners and developing
a forest management plan that meets the landowner's objectives. Most valuable was
developing a long-lasting relationship with local consulting foresters who will likely
become peers as the students move into the profession.
Students recognized that working with ACF to accomplish a learning goal, while
gaining hands-on experience with consulting and making professional contacts, was
invaluable. These types of activities will surely lead to more student involvement in
ACF and the growth of the organization in the future.
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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
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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 - 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 - The American Oak Project Midleton Distillery Creates Rare Irish Whiskey to Promote Sustainable Forestry
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The Consultant - 2018 - 55
The Consultant - 2018 - Products & Services Marketplace
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The Consultant - 2018 - Index of Advertisers
The Consultant - 2018 - 61
The Consultant - 2018 - Why not Surround Yourself with the Best?
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