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The Courage to Say "Not Yet" to the Proposed Code of Ethics

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The model of the "loving critic"--someone sufficiently serious to study his or her institution, and sufficiently dedicated to become expert in the art of modifying it--should inspire us as we consider the proposed Code of Ethics for the Society of American Foresters. Does the proposal go far enough? Have we tested the nuances of the language against our beliefs? Have we asked how nonmembers will interpret it? How far into the 21st century will this code be our guidepost? Lacking good answers to such questions, I fear we have not yet given due consideration to what is arguably SAF's most important document. Far too few of us have been involved in the revision process--certainly not enough to provide the serious introspection that loving critics must apply to their profession.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Partner, Integrations, 5209 Canyon Drive, Eugene, OR 97405, and is Former Chair of the SAF House of Society Delegates and SAF Ethics Committee

Publication date: July 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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