MA extension forester goes to Japan

Joseph Zorzin redoak at
Tue Mar 24 08:29:05 EST 1998

To Earth's only 2 forestry newsgroups, et. al.:

I just got in the mail my forestry school (U.Mass.) alumni newsletter;
which I anxiously await- to read what exciting things are going on in
forestry academia. <G>

One article that caught my eye is about the state extension forester
going to Japan. I copy as follows-

------------------------- (beginning of article)
Kittredge presents talks in Japan

	David Kittredge, associate professor of Forestry, was the invited
seminar speaker in the Department of Intercultural Communication at
Ryukoku University in Kyoto, Japan on Oct. 8. He spoke on the importance
of communications in the stewardship of natural resources.
	Kittredge also traveled to Hokkaido University in Sapporo, where he
presented a guest lecture in the Department of Forest Science on
Forests, Forestry, and Forestry Extension in Massachusetts.  While in
Sapporo, Kittredge also met with UMass students who are currently
participating in the new Short Term Exchange Program with Hokkaido
-------------------------(end of article)

Well, I'm glad to see that the taxpayers were wise enough to send our
state forestry extension specialist to Japan, rather than waste his
talents speaking to landowners in my area, 99% of whom have never heard
of him or any other government forestry people or agencies. And I'm also
glad to hear of his great interest in the importance of "communications
in the stewardship of natural resources". I find this especially
interesting because my state government, despite the fact that it
currently pays for several dozen state foresters- many with advanced
degrees-, doesn't seem to have the talent or money to create a forestry
web page that would actually *****EXTEND***** valuable forestry
information to the public, who seem to be light years more advanced than
the state in the communications revolution of the internet.

But, no matter, as I have put on my web page almost ***ALL*** of the
publications of the state SIP office along with most of the state
forestry laws, and at NO CHARGE to the taxpayers of the state; although
I admit I haven't yet gone to Japan to brag about it.

The Mass. SIP documents can found at
and the 3 major Mass. forestry laws can be found at The graphics on these pages, of
course, were not in the original state publications. <G>

And what's that you ask- isn't there any mention of my contributing such
information to the world wide forestry community mentioned anywhere in
my state's forestry ivory tower publication? Of course not, as I don't
have a PHD in forestry, and as we all know, only PHD's can actually
contribute something intellectually to the profession and only PHD's
deserve to be in "leadership roles".

Der Yankee Forestmeister

"The only forestry web page in the otherwise sophisticated state of
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edge- no pun intended"

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