Hiring a Certified Forester
A Trustworthy Resource for Landowners
Whether you own woodlands for conservation, preservation or potential income, seeking advice from a forester can help you achieve healthy woodlands, explain your current options, and assist you in identifying and meeting your future goals.
If you decide to harvest, a Certified Forester can ensure that the harvest meets your vision for the future of your woodland and that all environmental and local regulations are followed. And although you may not be thinking about a timber harvest, if you own woodland you or your family will probably be approached about one. A recent survey* shows that only nine percent of landowners own their land for the primary purpose of harvesting timber. However, the study also shows that half of all landowners will conduct a timber harvest even if they thought they never would.
*Butler, B.J., and E.C. Leatherberry. 2004. America's Family Forest Owners. Journal of Forestry 102(7):4-9.
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What are a Certified Forester's qualifications?
You can be assured you are hiring a qualified forester when you hire a Certified Forester. The Certified Forester program ensures that foresters:
- Meet the profession's educational requirements
- Have at least five years of professional forestry experience
- Adhere to standards of professional practice
- Pass a rigorous competency exam that measures knowledge and skills
- Participate in continuing education
How Can a Certified Forester Help?
A Certified Forester will be your advocate as you assess the options for your forest, helping you:
- Define your goals and objectives and develop a plan to meet them
- Adhere to regulatory requirements
- Identify government financial incentive programs and eligibility
- Provide management alternatives and time frames
- Attract diverse and abundant wildlife
- Improve water quality
- Assess the value of your forest
- Be aware of tax liabilities and deduction opportunities
- Reduce the risk of wildfire
- Prevent or control harmful insects and diseases
- Potentially save or make money
About the Program
Certified Forester is a Program of the Society of American Foresters.
The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the largest national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States.
SAF members include forestry and natural resource professionals, who work in public agencies (state and federal) and private businesses (corporate and consulting). Members are also involved with research, education, public relations, policy, and more.
SAF is committed to educating natural resource professionals through peer-reviewed scientific publications, workshops and training sessions, continuing education opportunities, and credentialing. SAF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.