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Why Not More Specialization in Forestry

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More time and thought are now being given to a consideration of the aims and objectives of forest education than ever before. On the surface, a wide divergence of opinion appears to exist. However, careful and critical study of the problem clearly shows that these differences of opinion are more apparent than real. The very fact that a considerable number of forest schools have developed curricula in forest utilization and other fields of specialization is indubitable evidence that these schools consider the training of men for the field of forest utilization a legitimate educational objective. Fundamentally, no educational questions are involved. Only one professional question is involved--are the graduates in the specialties eligible for membership in the Society of American Foresters? In other words, are they professional foresters?

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Michigan State College

Publication date: December 1, 1937

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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