Tuesday, 11 March 2014
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Membership & Policy
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).
Social media(LinkedIn, twitter, etc):
How did you hear about the Guild:
Year of Completion:
Year of Completion:
A Guild Member who can Provide a Reference (Non-degreed forest stewards and Allied Resource professionals only):
Email or Address:
I do not know a Guild Professional Member who can serve as a reference. Please have someone contact me
interest area descriptions
before making your selection (check one or more).
Overview of Forest Management Experience
Please provide a description of your current professional responsibilities and of your last 5 years of work history
Philosophy of Forest Management
The Forest Guild practices and promotes responsible forestry as a means of sustaining the integrity of forest ecosystems and the human communities dependent upon them. The Guild engages in education, training, policy analysis, research, and advocacy to foster excellence in stewardship, support practicing foresters and allied professionals, and engage a broader community in the challenges of forest conservation and management.
The well-being of human society is dependent on responsible forest management that places the highest priority on the maintenance and enhancement of the entire forest ecosystem.
The natural forest provides a model for sustainable resource management; therefore, responsible forest management imitates nature's dynamic processes and minimizes impacts when harvesting trees and other products.
The forest has value in its own right, independent of human intentions and needs.
Human knowledge of forest ecosystems is limited. Responsible management that sustains the forest requires a humble approach and continuous learning.
The practice of forestry must be grounded in field observation and experience as well as in the biological sciences. This practical knowledge should be developed and shared with both traditional and non-traditional educational institutions and programs.
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.
I have read and support the Forest Guild’s Mission and Principles listed above.
Please submit a one to three paragraph statement describing your approach and philosophy on forest management and how they align with the Forest Guild’s Mission and Principles, your view of the role of forests in society, your professional vision, your goals as a resource manager. This Statement of Philosophy is an important criterion for membership. (Text can be pasted here from a word processing program)
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