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Professional membership is open to all forest professionals actively engaged in forest stewardship. Professional members practice forest stewardship through on-the-ground management, forest policy work, forest land protection, forest advocacy, or forestrelated research. Professional member candidates are evaluated based solely on their education, professional experience, and commitment to the Guild mission and principles. Professional membership candidates are reviewed and approved by the Guild membership committee.
Professional membership requirements:
Professional members must support the
Forest Guild mission and principles
, and adhere to standards of professional membership as outlined in
our organizational guidelines
Forest Guild professional members have a combination of education and/or work experience meeting
at least one
of the following standards:
A college-level degree from an accredited school in a core forestry discipline (see 1 below). –or–
A college-level degree from an accredited school in a related discipline (see 2 below) and a minimum of two years of qualifying professional experience (see 3 below). –or–
A minimum of five years of qualifying professional experience (see 3 below).
Core Forestry Disciplines
include: forestry, forest ecology, forest-related wildlife ecology or conservation biology, forest-related botany or mycology, forest hydrology, forest soils, forest engineering, forest products harvesting and utilization, forest restoration, forest land conservation, forest policy, forest-related fisheries science or management, forest meteorology, forest fire science and management, and forest pathology, forest history, forest economics and forest sociology.
include: general biology, general botany, mycology, landscape architecture, land or public policy, soil science, fisheries science, meteorology, and other fields as approved and reviewed by the membership committee.
Qualifying Professional Experience
includes work typically performed by resource professionals with college degrees, including but not limited to, agency resource management, resource management consulting, professional-level work for NGO’s involved in forest conservation, or academic research.
Professional membership candidates are reviewed and approved by the Guild membership committee.
Please fill in the information below or email our membership coordinator (Reina Fernandez,
) for an MS Word version of the application to become a member of the Forest Guild. The fee for professional membership is $75 (U.S. dollars).
How did you hear about the Guild:
Overview of Forest Management Experience:
Year of Completion:
Year of Completion:
A Guild Member who can Provide a Reference (Non-degreed forest stewards and Allied Resource professionals only):
interest area descriptions
before making your selection (check one or more).
Submit a one to three paragraph statement on your approach and philosophy of forest management, your view of the role of forests in society, your professional vision, and your goals as a resource manager. This
Statement of Philosophy
is an important criterion for membership.
I support the Guild's
mission and principles
, which includes the Guild’s First Duty Principle:
“A forester's or natural resource professional's first duty is to the forest and its future. When the management directives of clients or supervisors conflict with the Mission and Principles of the Guild, and cannot be modified through dialogue and education, a forester or natural resource professional should disassociate.”
Applicant's signature: Typing your name below will be considered your signature.
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