The Consultant - 2007 - (Page 40)

INSIDE ACF Mississippi ACF/SAF Student Challenge BY LESLIE R. SHELBY, ACF M Les Shelby UCH HAS BEEN said of the benefits and advantages of belonging to professional organizations. For those in consulting forestry, the Association of Consulting Foresters (ACF) and the Society of American Foresters (SAF) are among the most prominent. While the membership requirements, purposes, objectives and goals of each are very different, both organizations are quite similar in their quest to make us better practitioners through a variety of networking opportunities, publications, meetings and forums. Because consulting forestry is a growing field, ACF has opportunities to elevate its prominence and influence on those entering the profession. One such opportunity came to me on a recent trip to Mississippi State University. I happened to be in Thompson Hall, ground zero for students majoring in one of four options in the College of Forest Resources. I wondered if these students, who were entering the forestry profession, knew the acronyms SAF and ACF? A quick survey, although not scientific, was conducted of five randomly selected students. The question was posed, “What do the initials SAF and ACF mean?” Not surprisingly, five of the five students knew SAF; only one of the five could identify ACF. I suddenly realized that our Mississippi ACF Chapter could and should do something to make ACF as recognizable as SAF, especially in the eyes of students. SAF national conventions are well attended by students who make up the student chapters of that organization. These chapters usually organize fundraisers or other projects to help offset the costs of attending. State chapters, the national office and sometimes the universities provide partial funding. Since ACF does not have student chapters, participation by students at the ACF Annual Meeting is very limited due to costs, unless these costs are offset by some outside source. The Practicing Foresters Institute Trust has been instrumental in providing funding for students to attend the ACF Annual Meeting, but these funds are limited and only a few students attend. More forestry schools are offering consulting forestry as an option within their curricula. I believe the ACF membership has the opportunity to engage those entering the consulting field in a unique way, while at the same time introducing students to ACF and SAF. During this past year, the Mississippi Chapters of ACF and SAF cooperated and combined financial resources to offer two scholarships of $1,200 each for Mississippi 40 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
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

The Consultant - 2007