Professional Forestry Services and Organizations
|Technical assistance from experts||Person-to-person advice from peers||Grants and financial assistance||Classes||Online resources|
|Associated Oregon Loggers||
|Association of Consulting Foresters||
|Keep Oregon Green Association||
|Oregon Society of American Foresters||
|Western Forestry & Conservation Association||
Contact: Rex Storm, executive vice president
AOL is a trade organization that provides business and government affairs services to its member companies. The AOL website includes a Directory of Oregon’s certified professional logging contractors that can assist family forestland owners looking for a local logging contractor. While most members are forest harvest and road-related contractors, membership categories also welcome landowners, manufacturers, forestry contractors and vendors serving the harvest sector. Membership includes benefits such as technical assistance with regulation compliance and group insurance programs in health, liability and workers’ compensation.
Contact: Shannon McCabe, executive director
The Association of Consulting Foresters of America, Inc. (ACF) is a national organization of professional foresters who consider forestry-related activities an essential private enterprise. Membership in the association is limited to professional foresters who subscribe to a code of ethics and serve the general public independently in all woodland-related interests. Members are generalists and specialists with skills including timber cruising and appraising, timber sales, marketing and management, reforestation supervision, taxation, estate planning, growth modeling, management plans, GIS mapping, real estate brokerage, expert witness, arbitration, and general management services. They offer a full range of professional and unbiased services to family forestland owners. The Association requires continuing education requirements of its members. An interactive website connects landowners to the organization’s complete scope of service providers.
Contact: Kristin Babbs, president
The Keep Oregon Green Association is a nonprofit association whose mission is to raise awareness of human-caused wildfires in Oregon and to educate Oregonians to change their behaviors to prevent wildfires. www.keeporegongreen.org; A parent/teacher-involved, kid friendly, activity-based website is available at www.kogranger.org
Contact: Andrea Watts, SAF NW Office
The Oregon Society of American Foresters is a professional organization with 15 local chapters throughout Oregon. It’s affiliated with the national Society of American Foresters. The Society of American Foresters produces general, technical and scholarly publications in both printed and electronic form, policy statements and educational materials. The national, state and local chapters regularly sponsor educational conferences, workshops and tours. The Society of American Foresters has a national, voluntary certification for foresters meeting initial and continuing education requirements. A list of these Certified Foresters® is available to land owners seeking forest management advice.
Family forestland owners may be interested in contacting local chapters to learn more about the resources available at the national website located at safnet.org. These resources include the Dictionary of Forestry, the Forestry Encyclopedia and a list of how a Certified Forester® could assist a forest owner.
WFCA is a regional membership organization of primarily industrial forestry companies and consultants in Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho and Montana, British Columbia and Alberta. Its primary mission is to promote the science and practices of forestry for the sustainable production of goods, services and uses of forest resources. A variety of professional continuing education opportunities are offered for natural resource managers through workshops, conferences and field trips. WFCA also provides financial and administrative management of regional research and scientific cooperatives.