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ACF Education Committee Looks to the Future
BY RICHARD G. CARBONETTI, ACF EDUCATION COMMITTEE CHAIR
NDERSTANDING THE DYNAMICS of our membership and their changing role in managing America’s forest resources is essential if ACF is to remain relevant to its members. ACF, unlike many professional organizations, is a clearly defined and remarkably homogeneous group. Our members practice forestry for a variety of private forestland owners. Ours is a different profession working in a different world than that of our ACF founders in 1948. As the ACF Executive Committee undertakes strategic planning, several issues have developed that are crucial to the long-term viability and effectiveness of ACF as the premier organization for forestry consultants. There are three areas where the Education Committee will contribute in this ongoing analysis and discussion: the educational requirements for ACF membership, continuing education for members, and the continuation of a dynamic and relevant Practice of Consulting Foresters course.
EDUCATION REQUIREMENT FOR MEMBERSHIP
Let’s all work together to make ACF even stronger in its ability to attract the best and the brightest in our profession by making ACF and its programs a necessity for being successful in consulting forestry.
What should be the college/university educational requirements for membership? Historically, this has been a forestry graduate of a SAF-accredited program. This may no longer be an effective means for determining the basic educational requirements. The Guidelines for Membership Review Committee raised this issue in its report on the future of our membership and how we attract and retain members. I would guess that in 1948, virtually all of our members were, what I am proud to have called myself, dirt foresters. The work consisted primarily of doing inventories, developing forest management plans, marking timber, conducting timber sales and overseeing the sale. Today, while these activities have not fundamentally changed, we are operating in a different client and technological environment. Many firms also are involved with conservation easements, timberland transactions, appraisal and wildlife habitat management. Consultants may have foresters who are highly specialized in computer applications, valuations, geographic information systems and other specialties. We need to recognize and acknowledge that our profession has changed and will continue to do so in the future. Just as we have adapted to changes in our business, so must ACF adapt to changes. ACF must continue to attract, retain and represent qualified forestry consultants. The Education Committee has been charged with reviewing college and university curriculums to determine what courses are offered in various forestry programs. We will look at the types of professional degrees that are now part of forestry programs and determine which of these ACF considers to be germane, appropriate and functional as consulting forester basic educational requirements. I expect an internal membership debate on some of the finer points of educational requirements. We will and should always be a membership of consulting foresters, not a big tent like SAF.
I consider the ACF continuing education requirements and our Code of Ethics to be the foundation of what makes ACF the most highly respected professional forestry organization. Our annual meeting program and state chapter continuing education efforts keep our members involved and technically, socially and politically up to date. Our committee will work with the Executive Committee and national staff to review, develop and
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THE CONSULTANT 2007
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Consultant - 2007
Executive Director’s Message Embracing Change
President’s Message Meeting the Challenge of the Fragmenting Forest
Parcelization: Different Owners, Different Practices
The New Generation of Private Forest Landowners: Brace for Change
Struggles Facing Wisconsin’s Professional Loggers
Saving Our Forests from a Fragmented Future
Selling the Business: Sequential Planning Versus Parallel Planning
A Survey of Consulting Forestry Education in Accredited Forestry Programs
Returning the American Chestnut to Our Forests
Woody Biomass for Energy – Has Its Time Come?
Meet the New ACF President
ACF Education Committee Looks to the Future
Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens Receives American Chestnut
Mississippi ACF/SAF Student Challenge
ACF National Conference Reflections
Harry Murphy: A Life in Consultation
The Consultant - 2007