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Technician Status in the Society of American Foresters: Decision '81

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By referendum in 1970, SAF allowed technicians to become members but did not give them voting rights. Another referendum in 1973 failed to produce a two-thirds majority in favor of extending the vote. A Task Force on Forest Technicians was formed in 1976 and, after seeking comments from SAF sections and chapters, recommended voting membership and development of a plan for accrediting two-year technician training programs. In SAF's 1978 Member Opinion Survey, respondents inclined to the view that the nonvoting status should be continued but also strongly favored a referendum to decide the matter. Accordingly, the Council directed that a poll be held in the fall of 1981.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor and Associate Chairman, Department of Forestry, Michigan State University, East Lansing

Publication date: 1981-05-01

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