Proposed Forester Licensing in Massachusetts

Don Staples dstaples at
Sun Jun 7 23:44:33 EST 1998

Don Baccus wrote:
> In article <35783BDF.4FA8 at>,
> Don Staples  <dstaples at> wrote:
> >At risk of beating a dead horse, one element overlooked in the licensing
> >of foresters is the
> >protection it offers to the public.  If you use a forester, it would
> >nice to know that he is
> >qualified for the trust you should put into him.
> And in the long term, added professionalism ought to make the profession
> more lucrative, and make it more reasonable for foresters to invest in
> a graduate education, further profesional training, etc.  In other words,
> a good thing.

You bet.  Continuing edjucation is required in most of the professional
forestry organizations, but, many practicing foresters are not members
of their own society, they ride the creast of high timber prices.  We
have a number of consultants that graduate from College with a BS and go
immediately into consulting.  No law against it,but they lack the
background and experience to fully handle a timbered tract.  There is no
way possible for an individual to obtain the knowledge of the land in 5
years that can be obtained with a similar 5 years working in the field.

And once ordained as a professional, you are at least summarily reviewed
by your peers to attempt to keep you on the straight and narrow.

But all this takes place when the licensing is universal for the state,
and the foresters within.  No exemptions, state, fed, corporate, or
private.  If you want to compete, do so on a level ground, subject to
all the rules.
Don Staples

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