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Forestry Curriculum Changes: What Do Professionals in the West Think?

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The opinions of professional foresters were needed to help design curricular changes at the School of Forestry at Oregon State University. About 650 experienced public and private foresters in the West were surveyed, by questionnaire, about their current work and how it had changed from their initial professional appointment, the changes they expected in professional work in the future, and the deficiencies they felt existed in their education. Results showed that, as foresters advanced, they spent increasingly more time dealing with people (administration, organization) and increasingly less time at conventional tasks (logging, inventory), and they enjoyed greater diversity in their jobs. Foresters expected these trends to accelerate in the future and, correspondingly, felt deficient in the disciplines that would support the increased activities they foresaw in their professional futures. Survey findings suggested the need for some changes to broaden traditional forestry curricula.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Land-use Planner, Siuslaw National Forest, Corvallis

Publication date: October 1, 1981

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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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