Proposed Forester Licensing in Massachusetts
lrlake at aol.com
Tue Jun 2 16:34:51 EST 1998
>Can You Licensed Foresters Help Me With Some Perspective Here?!
>We recently had public hearings for the state's latest draft of the
>forester licensing regulations. While I appreciate all the effort
>that's gone into drafting these regulations and procedures, I still have
>some major questions about whether licensing will actually improve the
>practice of forestry in Massachusetts. As I read the proposed
>regulations, it seems quite likely that there will be very little, if
>any change--except the creation of another level of bureaucracy
>As I understand it, even with forester licensing, the people preparing
>state-required Chapter 61 (use value assessment) plans and forest
>cutting plans won't have to be licensed foresters. These are the only
>documents that govern the implementation of forestry practices in
>Massachussetts. It seems bizarre that they can actually be prepared by
>anyone at all.
As a registered Professional Forester in California, I can assure you that a
license, in the absense of any particular requirement, is worthless. You are
right that it is just another layer of bureaucracy.
You Mass. folks need teeth in the law so it requires a licensed forester for
certain "professional" functions...I'll leave it to you to decide which.
For example, in California our licensed foresters law makes it a misdemeanor to
"act in the capacity of, or represent (oneself) as a professional forester"
without being licensed.
Further, there are many forest practice regulations which specify the use of an
RPF or supervised designee, by statute.
Lawrence R. Lake, RPF
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