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Credentialing and Accreditation Programs: Taking the Forestry Profession to the Next Level

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A number of mechanisms exist within the forestry profession to identify individuals or programs that meet a set of standards. The Society of American Foresters' accreditation and Certified Forester ® program and state-sponsored registration and licensing are all intended to promote competency among forest practitioners, with varying degrees of effectiveness in reassuring the public and in influencing forestry education. Credentialing of individuals may serve as a valuable link between the profession and the public, but it is unlikely to raise the bar for professional forestry education.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Associate, Pinchot Institute for Conservation, 1616 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

Publication date: April 1, 2000

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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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