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FROM THE PRESIDENT

ACF: Forestry,
Fellowship and Value
JERRY TUGWELL, ACF

I

have been thinking a lot lately about the mission and purpose
of ACF and how it relates to our members and their individual
practices and, on a larger scale, their companies. Of course our
members are interested in the consulting forestry aspect of ACF
membership: educational opportunities, networking, publications
such as the ACF newsletter and The Consultant magazine and our
insurance program are just a few benefits of membership. I believe
our association does a good job of providing these normal and
customary services to its members, as any relevant and forwardthinking association should.
There are additional aspects of membership in ACF that relate
to the fellowship of membership, which I believe is integral to
the health and prosperity of our association. I also believe the
forestry and fellowship aspects are intertwined.
One of the things I enjoy most about involvement in ACF is
the opportunity to meet and become friends and colleagues with
foresters from different parts of the United States. We also have
a member from the Republic of Ireland. I was reminded of the
fellowship of membership during the terrible hurricanes that
affected Texas, Louisiana, Georgia and Florida during the 2017
hurricane season. Through my ACF membership, I personally
know foresters in all of those states. I called and checked on my
friends to see how they fared during the storms. Fortunately,
their damage was minimal, although they all know folks who
suffered greatly. This fellowship among members makes our
association stronger and our members more relevant in their
individual practices. In a time of crisis, there can be sharing of
personnel, equipment, talent and resources - all because of a
network of professionals.
I was recently talking with one of our members who said that
in his practice, his company is consistently being asked (required)
to provide more services to clients, but at the same price point.
We talked about the concept of value of services, and also value of
ACF membership as it relates to supporting our members in their
day-to-day practices. These informal conversations with fellow
members, relating mainly "don't do this" stories from their own
experiences, demonstrate the real value of member fellowship.
Any time we can learn from another member what does or does
not work, we can shortcut the learning curve and become more
efficient and profitable. In my mind, this value of membership
alone is a bargain.
THE CONSULTANT

2018

Our members are the lifeblood of our association, and we owe
it to ourselves as professionals, and to our association, to recruit
worthy prospects to our ranks. We have all heard that there are
qualified foresters who never get around to applying for membership. Maybe they do not know of ACF. Maybe they do not think
they qualify for membership. Maybe, they have just "not gotten
around to it." In the membership campaign announced at the 2017
Lake Tahoe Conference, a program was announced to address the
issue. What has so far eluded us is an understanding of the reasons
so many potential members who could clearly benefit from being
a part of ACF failed to begin or complete the membership process.
When these seasoned foresters do get around to applying, the
number one reason they give when asked why they waited to
join - aside from the cost of membership, a barrier which has
been lowered through the end of March - is simply that no one
had ever asked them to join ACF. Simply put, that means we have
failed in our efforts to recruit qualified foresters who would be an
asset to the association.
Why should we recruit new members? I have sometimes heard
members say, "We already have everyone in our chapter who we
want as a member." That attitude seems destined to facilitate stagnation in a chapter. ACF has created new membership categories
specifically designed for quality growth. What chapter wouldn't
benefit from enthusiastic new members who will someday lead
the chapter, volunteer at the national level for a committee or
run for office?
I have even recruited potential members who have been told in
error that they do not qualify for membership, when in fact they
do. We need to do a better job of recognizing suitable prospects
and offering them the same opportunity someone once offered
us - ACF membership.
The $50 recruitment incentive rebated to chapters for each sponsor signature on candidate members' applications wasn't necessarily offered as a motivation to recruit. It is, however, recognition of the
importance of chapters to the health and vitality of the organization.
Let us all put excuses aside and redouble our collective efforts
to add quality members to our association. I am certainly glad
someone asked me to join ACF many years ago. I think others will
also be appreciative. Think of the benefits to ACF if each member
recruited just one colleague.
Let's get moving!
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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
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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
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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
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
The Consultant - 2018 - outsert1
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