120 new acres

Ron Wenrich woodtick at lebmofo.com
Mon Oct 6 19:26:58 EST 1997



Jostnix <jostnix at aol.com> wrote in article
<19971006112300.HAA21831 at ladder02.news.aol.com>...
> Joseph, you write:
> 
> > They don't learn
> >from the vast legions of state service foresters, extension agents, ad
> >infinitum.
> 
> Don't know about the Socialist States of New England (grin),  but there
> are ten procurement foresters and "wood buyers" for every consultant or
> service forester in the South and the ratio is expanding with cuts to
state
> agencies.  And who do you think the landowner sees first? 
> 
> The service forester/consultant gets the property after the sale. 

Seems to be a problem all over the East Coast.  In PA, there are a lot of
consultants.  Its gotten to the point that they are fighting over work. 
The problem is that the consultants work is just not much better then the
wood pimps.  Many consultants started in business with no practical woods
experience.  Others are wood pimps turned consultants.  They still high
grade the woods.  It is a rare sight to see anything but oak or poplar
being pumped out of their jobs, leaving undesirables for someone else to
deal with.  

The state extension foresters are only limited to 2 days work for any
private landowner.  This was done by the state ACF.  It is unfortunate,
since these foresters did quality work, and had no monetary benefit from
the outcome of the work.  The landowners have been sacrificed to the
wolves.  

The few company foresters who did good work had to lower themselves to be
competitive with the rest of the brood.  Large companies, such as Proctor &
Gamble, have high name recognitition, but still seem to be lacking in the
managment field.  They talk a good game, but they don't play by the same
rules.  Maybe its time to license loggers.  Hell, a barber has to be
licensed to cut your hair, and that will grow out a lot quicker.

RDW



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