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Continuing Education Needs of Foresters

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The purpose of the study was to determine the continuing education needs of professional foresters in Georgia. Data were obtained via questionnaires from 257 SAF affiliate foresters concerning their age, level of education, experience, sex, occupation, preferred time of year to attend continuing education activities, and the amount of time available for such activities. Updating needs in silviculture, forest harvesting, forest mensuration/biometrics, forest recreation, forest management, forestry and the law, and communications in forest resources were also solicited. The typical respondent was 25 to 34, male, had more than 10 years' experience, held an undergraduate degree, was employed in private industry or business, and preferred January, February, June, July, and August as times of the year to attend continuing education activities. All topics in the areas of silviculture, forest harvesting, and forestry and the law were high in interest. Topics of least interest were regression-modeling techniques, cruising methods, surveying, fire protection, urban forestry, and designing communications programs. Also of little interest were topics in the area of forest recreation, except wildlife habitat modification.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor of Educational Measurements and Research, University of Georgia, Athens

Publication date: August 1, 1981

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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