Why Choose an ACF Consulting Forester?
The letters “ACF” behind my name serve notice to prospective clients, colleagues, and others that Mark E. Holman, ACF is a member of the Association of Consulting Foresters of America, Inc.
Many foresters claim to represent the interests of private forest owners. Yet there is only one select group of foresters—ACF consulting foresters—required to maintain the highest level of professional standards for providing forestry services.
No other group of foresters has developed such a comprehensive set of criteria for membership in a professional organization.
Qualifications of an ACF Consulting Forester
- A professional-level degree in forestry from an accredited college or university
- At least five years of forestry experience , including at least one year as a consulting forester
- Continuing educational credits
- Principal activity is to provide professional forestry service to the general public for a fee
- Independent of any business which may create a potential conflict of interest
Which Foresters Can Truly Represent You?
Forest owners are sometimes confused by the array of various types of foresters. Who are they, and what are their roles?
Planning For Your Forest
- Consulting Foresters are in business to represent forest owners. ACF foresters have the proper education, experience, and certified independence to represent you.
- Service Foresters are state government employees who can give forestry advice, but cannot represent you.
- Extension Foresters are Penn State University employees whose main role is education.
- Procurement Foresters are employed by forest industries and other timber buyers to purchase timber and logs.
Extension foresters and government “service foresters” can help you get started in planning for your forest’s future, but only consulting foresters can both create plans and implement them on your behalf.
An ACF consulting forester is fully qualified to provide the forestry services that you need. From helping you develop attainable goals and objectives, to preparing customized plans, through implementation of beneficial projects, an ACF consulting forester is prepared to serve you well.
For information on proper management of forests in Pennsylvania, we recommend the booklet Best Management Practices for Pennsylvania Forests, which is available from Penn State Cooperative Extension, as well as from Pennsylvania members of the Association of Consulting Foresters of America.
ACF Mission Statement
The mission of the Association of Consulting Foresters of America, Inc. is:
The objectives of the Association of Consulting Foresters includes protecting the public welfare and property in the practice of forestry, and raising the professional standards and work of ACF consultants and all other consulting foresters.
- To advance the practice of professional consulting forestry
- To establish and maintain high ethical standards for its members
- To improve the competency of and provide a forum for its members
- And to promote and encourage stewardship of the forest resource.
Contact Info :
Association of Consulting Foresters of America, Inc
312 Montgomery Street, Suite 208
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Featured Chapter - Pennsylvania
What the ACF Penn Chapter does, as a group, was published in the Fall 2009 issue of the national “ACF Newsletter”, and is reprinted here with permission of the author.
By: Bob Carlberg, ACF
As foresters, no one knows better that growing in a harsh
environment is difficult, if not impossible. We could all
agree that our current economic and business environment
is quite harsh. Although the Penn Chapter ACF has
Certainly not discovered a Miracle Grow formula to increase
our membership, we continue to remain vibrant and healthy
in these trying times.
Qualified new members are welcome!
At the center of the membership, our current Chapter Chair,
Joe Glover is organized, focused, and persuasive (evidenced
by the fact that he has convinced me to write this article).
In addition to an effective Chair, we have an enthusiastic
membership eager to volunteer for some aspect, large or
small, which will further promote our group.
Three times per year, we gather at a central location in our state, or simply put, equally difficult for most members to attend. We have adopted a practice of having a guest speaker before each meeting and we arrange to receive continuing education credits for those mini workshops / discussions. We gather in a meeting room at a restaurant, listen to the invited speaker in the morning, order lunch from the menu, enjoy fellowship during lunch, and proceed with our Chapter meeting in the afternoon.
One day prior to our most recent chapter meeting, we held a full-day class on “Operational GPS”. Member Bob McColly arranged for a speaker from SFI to give classroom instruction followed by in-the-field, hands–on use. The workshop was tailored to our group’s specific needs and was well attended and received. Having the class in conjunction with our regular meeting allowed the opportunity to stay overnight and attend the meeting the following day. Our guest speaker that next day was from PSU Cooperative Extension and the topic was the Marcellus Shale gas development, a very timely issue in our region.
Our members occasionally bring a non-ACF professional forester to a chapter meeting. Surely, we all know forestry professionals that are respected in the field and are not yet members of ACF (yes, they do exist). When a forester is invited to attend as a prospective member, an ACF member introduces the guest by summarizing the individual’s background and business. The Visitors are encouraged to participate in discussions and soon recognize the important issues in which ACF is involved on both the state and national level.
To further promote the group, we have developed a tabletop display that introduces our chapter specifically, as well as ACF as a whole. We utilize that display at agricultural and industry gatherings such as Penn state’s Ag Progress Days. Member Jeff Gossert as spearheaded that effort and staffs the booth regularly. Other members assist by attending and allowing Jeff freedom to leave the booth. We have agreed that having this display helps get the name out there to both landowners and other potential members alike.
As we work together, it is apparent that we have differing ideas on issues and lively discussions usually ensue. These divergences help to strengthen the group and allow for a healthy debate in an open-minded environment. Despite our differences, a strong common thread that remains is our desire to be a part of an exceptional group promoting a truly outstanding profession. That alone should ensure survival in even the harshest environment.