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The Future of Forestry Education:
Will We Prepare Relics or Icons?
BY BOB IZLAR DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR FOREST BUSINESS UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA WARNELL SCHOOL OF FORESTRY AND NATURAL RESOURCES
WHAT WILL FORESTRY EDUCATION LOOK LIKE IN THE FUTURE?
As part of the ACF annual meeting’s three-person panel discussion on forestry education, I was asked to describe the future. That can be a daunting job, but at least I have a 50 percent chance of being right. It has been said that a good forecaster forecasts often. Business literature is littered with famous prognostications by the most eminent fellows who got it absolutely dead wrong. So, anything I say will be very measured. I am not a dean or a professor, but I do teach, and I have enough gray-haired experience to speak on this subject. I am not going to address the broad sweep of the future of natural resources education, just forestry. Forestry is my education, my calling, my cause and my passion. When I was first asked to speak on forestry education in the future, I asked myself these questions: • Why bother? • Will we even have forestry as a separate curriculum in institutions of higher learning? • Will we be allowed to practice forest management? • On whose land will we practice forestry? Forestry as a separate curriculum is being challenged in many public forums, even in the pages of the Journal of Forestry and amongst “traditional” forestry faculty who now seem to have migrated to a more holistic, natural resources education approach. Even my own school has added a “natural resources” tag to its title. Many others have either dropped “forestry” from their names or relegated it to a minor subheading. How should those who value traditional forestry respond? Will we become icons for future professionals or become relics?
FROM A “C” CHANGE TO A SEA CHANGE
Before we can determine if we will become icons or relics, we have to ask what the future forest employment model will be. I have heard forestry professors, university administrators and practicing foresters say that forestry is either dead or of only minor importance now. I do not subscribe to their argument. They are not
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Consultant - 2008
Executive Director’s Message Mapping the Future of ACF
President’s Message ACF Celebrates 60 Years
Professional Forestry Education: The Present, from a Texas Perspective
The Future of Forestry Education: Will We Prepare Relics or Icons?
Forestry and Consulting: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Carbon – A Forestry Opportunity?
Advocacy – Its Benefits May Come With Frustrations
Katrina Top 10: Public Policy Advocacy Lessons Learned After Hurricane Disaster
‘Mighty Giants’ Details Rich History of American Chestnut Tree
The Cost of Breaking in New Employees
Hiring Practices: Questions You Shouldn’t Ask a Job Applicant
Graduate Forestry Degrees and Consulting Forestry
Taxation and Land Devaluation: An Examination of the Tax Burden on Non-industrial Private Landowners
Forester Licensing: Essential to Guarding the Forestry Profession
Forester Licensing: Not Worth the Effort
ACF Code of Ethics: Canon 15 What You Don’t Say or Do Can Hurt You
Philippe Morgan: European Forestry Consultant Extraordinaire
The Final Word: A Tale of Two Technologies
The Consultant - 2008