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Changing Standards for a Dynamic Profession: Forestry Education Accreditation

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The forestry profession is ever changing, so it follows that accreditation and certification processes and standards must also evolve. The recent work of the SAF Task Force on Forestry Education Accreditation, supplemented by the work of the SAF-NAPFSC Work Group on Forestry Accreditation, should ensure that accreditation and certification continue to serve the forestry profession. Most of the energy of the task force was spent in reviewing the accreditation standards. Several recommendations emerged from these deliberations, chief among them the concepts of core competencies and outcomes assessments.

Keywords: certification; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; policy; standards

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Dean Emeritus College of Natural Resources, North Carolina State University, Box 8008 Raleigh, NC, 27695-8008,

Publication date: September 1, 2001

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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.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.476
    Ranking: 22 of 66 in forestry

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