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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE Embracing Change dues have only been raised twice in the last 10 years. ACF has grown while other association memberships have declined. We have a professional and conscientious staff in place and a stellar legislative and policy consultant. What could be better? It would be easy to be seduced by the status quo. Things are going pretty well, and we like it By Lynn Wilson this way. ACF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Well, like it or not, to quote Bob Dylan, “the times they are a-changin’.” The forest is fragmenting, traditional landowner patBob Dylan terns are changing, forestry schools are now “natural resource programs,” and the economy is global. Next year the ACF National Conference, hosted by the Pennsylvaanaging the Fragmenting Forest” isn’t just about nia Chapter, will address changes in educational opporplots of land, it’s about change. The future will tunities for forestry students. In February a “Planning for bring changes to the landscape; changes to ownership a Successful Business Transition” class is planned for and changes to the ways consulting foresters will serve Mississippi. And if you still don’t believe rapid change to landowners. In and of itself, change is neither good nor the landscapes requires planning, the Mississippi Chapter bad, but a constant fact of life. If your worldview emwill host a field tour of the post-Katrina landscape. braces change, you see opportunity where others see threats. However, even for the most adaptable among us, change causes inconveIn and of itself, change is neither good nor bad, but a nience, disruption and very often discomfort. One thing is certain, though; constant fact of life. If your worldview embraces change, avoiding change is a surefire route to obsolescence. People and organizations need to you see opportunity where others see threats. manage change or they will not be able to function successfully in the new environWhen I read the article about Harry Murphy, I was ment. If you don’t agree, just consider the dinosaur. struck by the enormous changes that have taken place Next year ACF will embark upon a journey called during his 84 years. Harry is a visionary any way you look “strategic planning” designed to effect and manage posiat it. I hope he will help us envision where ACF can be on tive organizational change. If you’ve tried to take a trip its 100th anniversary – after all, that’s only 42 years from with an outdated map, you probably found that the landnow. So, when thinking about the uncertainties of the fumarks had changed, the signs were different, and the ture, think about how Harry Murphy saw opportunities routes were not the same. The landscape on which assowhere others only saw obstacles. This process will only be ciations operated in the past was relatively predictable, successful if every interested party contributes, so think stable and homogenous. Now it is filled with rapid creatively about how ACF can move forward. G change and involves increasingly diverse players and dynamics. ACF cannot serve a constantly evolving membership and their clients without an updated strategic plan. The good news is that we are undertaking this process from a position of strength. Membership is stable and Come gather ’round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You’ll be drenched to the bone. If your time to you Is worth savin’ Then you better start swimmin’ Or you’ll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changin’. “M 4 THE CONSULTANT 2007 http://www.acf-foresters.org

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
Forest Fragmentation
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

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