Ecoforestry - FSC - Licensing- The Forest Steward's Guild

Joseph Zorzin redoak at
Sat Oct 7 08:47:14 EST 2000

Ecoforestry - FSC - Licensing- The Forest Steward's Guild

Wow, that's a mouthful. <G> How to piece it all together??? In
one sentence? <G>


     The FSC, in lieu of REAL forester licensing in most
     states and nations, and partly because of failed
     bureaucracies, has evolved to fill the need for
     society to bring about high quality forest management;
     but it could be argued that the FSC functions as a
     second bureaucracy that we practicing foresters now
     have to deal with at great cost for certification and
     extra record keeping and with little confidence that
     the folks doing the reviews for certification are
     competent for that task - all due to the fact that
     society doesn't bother to develop REAL licensing of
     such high quality that foresters would become
     professionals not in need of routine review; ergo , it
     could be argued that a primary goal of the Forest
     Steward's Guild should be to push strongly for such
     high quality forester licensing programs in order to
     eventually do away with the need for the FSC and the
     costs associated with it ALONG with a reduction of
     those "free" state service foresters who will longer
     be needed at cost to the taxpayers - and the Guild
     should become an association of such Licensed
     Foresters with a long term objective of elevating them
     to the mission of economically sophisticated

I rest my case. <G> Rebuttals welcome. <G>

Joe  Zorzin
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