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Forest Path

Resources for Finding
Private Sector Foresters

Often forest landowners would benefit from a level of professional forestry assistance to set up a timber sale, write a Forest Stewardship Plan, or conduct timber inventories. 

 

To assist landowners who desire that level of forestry assistance, below are the four programs by which a forester may become designated as a Qualified Forester:

Certified Forester (C.F.) are individuals who:

  • Have a bachelor's degree or higher in forestry or a related degree with forestry coursework from a university accredited by the Society of American Foresters 

  • Have five or more years of professional experience within the past 10 years (including only experience gained following conferral of the first forestry/ forestry related degree)

  • Adhere to state and federal forestry laws

  • Complete 60 hours of forestry professional development every three years

Michigan Registered Foresters are individuals who:

  • Have a bachelor's degree or higher in forestry from a college or university accredited by the Society of American Foresters 

  • Not less than two years of experience in professional forestry work by way of three Experience Verification Forms from professional foresters who can attest to the applicant's experience 

Technical Service Provider for Forestry are registered with the USDA-NRCS to provide technical assistance related to USDA Farm Bill forest practice implementation specifically and:

  • Certified foresters through either SAF or ACF

  • Have 5 years forestry experience and are a registered forester or

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in forestry and 1 year of forestry experience and are a registered forester 

Note: Forest Stewardship Program (FSP) is administered by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and funded by the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry Program.  In order to qualify for cost share funds under a FSP grant, a landowner must work a person who is listed as a Certified Forest Stewardship Plan Writer.

 

Michigan Certified Forest Stewardship Plan Writer are individuals with:

  • Have a four-year degree in Forestry or related Natural Resource field OR have a two-year degree in Forestry or related Natural Resource field with approved experience

  • Maintain six hours of approved continuing education in natural resource management yearly and submit documentation to the Forest Stewardship Coordinator

  • Present yourself in a professional manner in both appearance and conduct, and provide service to your clients in a timely manner

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