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European Forestry Consultant Extraordinaire
BY JEFF WIKLE, ACF
hilippe Morgan is an experienced steward of natural forests, a consulting forester unusually articulate in discussing forest ecology and management philosophy, yet thoroughly experienced in the application of natural management techniques. Dedicated to helping forest landowners understand their choices, much of his consulting involves nurturing natural processes in Europe’s long-abused native forests. Though born in the United Kingdom of an English father, Philippe’s mother is French, predisposing him to wide exposure to European culture. As both parents dearly loved France, they enrolled him in London’s French Lycée to ensure his Continental heritage and encouraged him to summer in France often. Despite the two countries’ proximity, their long, antagonistic history has made shared heritage less common than one might expect. He speaks French and English with equal fluency, sans accent, and holds dual English and French citizenship. His grandparents were farmers, and early on, he decided that he wanted to work on the land. At the time of his 1979 graduation in forestry from Scotland’s University of Aberdeen, the UK forest sector was largely focused on boosting the nation’s timberland resources via large-scale exotic softwood plantations, including Sitka spruce, Douglas fir and larch. Philippe
Philippe Morgan and wife Catriona live in Wales with their two children.
found plantation forestry, then the principal career option, to be too narrow and restrictive. In traditional British fashion, he followed the footsteps of his father and uncle, both of whom spent much of World War II in the British Empire’s Southeast Asian sphere. Philippe therefore went abroad, finding a forest inventory position in Brunei. For those without a map handy, Brunei is a very small country – actually a sultanate – located in northwest Borneo. Though the Sultan, one of the world’s richest men, had little need to manage Brunei’s forests, he had been convinced to at least inventory them. Philippe worked on this for five years and consequently developed much hard-won skill in tropical species identification, forest mensuration and natural forest dynamics, all in Brunei’s largely pristine, tropical forests.
Unfortunately, at the project’s completion, no need for management existed. Thus, an experienced tropical hand, he moved onto a logging supervision job in a similar forest, a 95,000 hectare timber harvesting concession located not far from Brunei’s south, in Sabah, East Malaysia. Though this was a viable career, he was not ultimately comfortable “managing” the virtual destruction of tropical forests. He decided to return to the UK. Once back, he again became a consulting forester, managing a branch of an established company in southwest Scotland, providing typical small landowner forestry services. By 1989, he earned Member status in UK’s Institute of Chartered Foresters (equivalent to being licensed or certified forester and a member of the Society of American Foresters) and advanced to Fellow status in 2003. In 1989, he moved to West Central Wales to take a position in a large Finnish-owned multi-national paper company, helping manage a procurement-oriented, landowner assistance program. However, he longed to be principally involved with natural forests, so, in 1997, he returned once more to forestry consulting. He set up his own company, Sustainable Forest Management, and, with three others, formed SelectFor, a group that fosters natural silvicultural systems throughout the
THE CONSULTANT 2008
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