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Impact of Technician Training Programs on Professional Forestry Education in the U. S.

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Of all the forces that affect programs for the preparation of professional forest resources managers and scientists, perhaps none is more portentous at this time than the emergence of well-trained forest resources technicians. This paper reports on recent developments in the United States in the formal training and use of technicians for forestry and related fields, and suggests some impacts of these programs on professional preparation programs. A profound impact of the expanding training and use of forest technicians is the growing realization of the importance of these programs by faculty members responsible for professional instruction. These faculties increasingly are viewing forest technician developments as another significant and timely reason for boosting the standards of their baccalaureate and graduate programs, especially the curricula in forest (timber) management (technology).

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant Professor of Forestry, the Pennsylvania State University

Publication date: 1968-09-01

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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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