The Consultant - 2008 - (Page 21)
Forestry and Consulting:
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
BY HARRY V. WIANT, JR., ACF (MI)
Harry Wiant, Jr.
orestry in the United States is more than a century old, which in reality is not old in view of the rotations in which foresters are accustomed to thinking. During that century, the profession has changed in many respects, and with more than a half century of forestry experience, I will give my (perhaps biased) view of those changes and venture into some predictions for the future.
THE MAIN ACTORS, YESTERDAY
As a forestry student at West Virginia University in the early 1950s, the USDA Forest Service was widely respected as being at the forefront of forestry practice in the United States. After all, it had succeeded in eliminating the wildfires that had burned much of the cut-over and ravaged forests, especially in the eastern half of the country, and was practicing sustained yield management. Most forestry students planned to work for the USDA Forest Service or for a state forestry organization. By the early 1970s, the USDA Forest Service came under attack by so-called environmental organizations, especially for clear-cutting, which, although one of the best silvicultural systems for many species, looked like devastation to a misinformed public. It was obvious to many foresters that those detractors were basically against the cutting of timber on national forests and essentially hoped to turn the forests into national parks. They were successful in these endeavors, as all-toowell demonstrated by the Northern Spotted Owl decision, and the USDA Forest Service began to hire fewer and fewer foresters as their knowledge and skills were not needed. Forest industry moved to the forefront as the major source of employment for forestry graduates and the best practitioners of intensive forestry, a position they held until about the end of the millennium. Those organizations, as the USDA Forest Service in earlier years, had a traditional forestry outlook of forest rotations into a never-ending future. To the surprise of many traditional foresters, those enterprises began selling off their forest lands, and new acronyms were heard: TIMO (Timber Investment Management Organizations) and REIT (Real Estate Investment Trusts). According to some, these organizations have a 10-to-15-year outlook, hardly the time required to plan for good, long-term forestry.
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