Strengthening the Science behind Certification: The Role of University Research and School Forests

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The Pinchot Institute for Conservation conducted a study to gauge the potential for refining certification assessment methodologies through research in school forests involving faculty, staff, and students. The study was based on a series of interviews with certification experts and a survey completed by 38 schools with research and teaching forests. It evaluated the potential for better use of untapped capacity at research universities by addressing needed improvements in certification programs, current level of participation by school forests, and capacity for and interest in certification. Facilitating the dialogue and coordination between the certification programs and the students, faculty, and staff who conduct research in school forests can refine the assessment methodologies used for certification.

Keywords: certification assessment; education; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; sustainability

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Program Associate Pinchot Institute for Conservation, 1616 P Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, 2: Research Associate Pinchot Institute for Conservation, 1616 P Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036

Publication date: October 1, 2003

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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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