Forestry Education: Adapting to the Changing Demands on Professionals

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Abstract:

Recent evolution in the practice of forestry can be linked to changes in the public's perception of sustainability and to developments in science, communications, and global markets. In response, when hiring graduates of professional forestry programs, forestry employers have changed the set of skills and competencies sought. A nationwide survey of forestry employers, educators, and recent graduates, conducted to assess how well US forestry programs are preparing professionals to practice forestry today, reveals some discrepancies between what employers want and what the schools provide. External financial and political pressures on higher education make it difficult for educators to close these gaps, but opportunities exist for employers to help.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Senior fellow, Pinchot Institute for Conservation, 1616 P Street NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20036

Publication date: September 1, 1999

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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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