The Consultant - 2006 - (Page 7)

Executive Director’s Message The Resilient Association M By Lynn Wilson ACF Executive Director anaging an association is, in many ways, like managing a forest. We want to see growth among the individuals and in the group as a whole. The first step in both cases is to determine the goals of the stakeholders, whether landowners or members, then to develop a management plan, which is essential to achieving resiliency and growth. In the case of ACF, the management plan would be the strategic plan adopted in 1998, covering 1999 through 2004 with periodic review by the Executive Committee. I know, I know, this is the 2006 Consultant and the plan has not been formally updated. One reason for this is that the old plan is still relevant – our mission has not changed. Meeting these goals is and always will be a work in progress. To refresh your memory, or if you are new to ACF, the vision statements are: • The Association of Consulting Foresters of America, Inc. (ACF) will be recognized by the public and the forestry community as maintaining the highest ethical standards for consulting foresters. • ACF will increase membership and chapters without compromising membership requirements. • ACF will be recognized at local, state and national levels as the advocate of consulting forestry. • ACF will be recognized for its special expertise and knowledge of non-industrial forest management. • ACF will provide continuing educational opportunities for its members and potential members. • ACF will be recognized as the leader on private policy issues. • ACF will provide for communications, networking, leadership training and mentoring among its members. It’s hard to believe this much time has passed, but I have been employed by ACF for the past seven years, six as Executive Director. During that time I have seen great progress toward achieving each of these goals. When I joined ACF, total membership was 543 and now it is 660, an increase of almost 22 percent. Not bad in an era when many associations are losing members. We have been very successful in persuading “stand-alone” state associations to convert to ACF chapters. These include North Carolina, Kentucky and Michigan. The ACF Constitution was amended in 2002, extending membership to applicants who “practice in a firm enrolled in an ACF-approved practice monitoring program.” Firms currently enrolled include AmSouth and Hancock Forest Management. This change was made in response to the reality that highly qualified consultants were working for firms not contemplated by the ACF founders in 1948. The association is also participating at an unprecedented level with other groups to promote recognition of the ACF brand. We now have liaisons to the American Tree Farm Program, the Southern Forest Research Partnership, the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers and the National Association of State Foresters. Last Christmas we participated with the Forest Resource Association and the Forest Landowners Association in the “Make a Cut on Us” program thanking congressional staffers for their efforts in the past year. We also supported the Forest Landowner’s/Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers/ACF Fly-In bringing our legislative agenda to Capitol Hill. In The Consultant 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Consultant - 2006

Executive Director’s Message
President’s Message
America's Forests – Resilient and Productive
Forests of the Pacific Northwest: Sustainable Use and Resiliency
St. Helens Tree Farm 25 Years After Eruption
Forestry in Gloucester County, Virginia – Past, Present and Future
Ecosystem Services: Seller Beware
Maybe Money Does Grow on Trees …
Protecting Productive Private Property
Hug a Forester…And a Tree
A Practical Course in Forest Consulting
Clare Doig, ACF – A Resilient Forester
A Review of ACF Membership Guidelines
Legislative and Policy Activism: Withstanding the Forces of Man

The Consultant - 2006