New Cooperating Forester Training

Cooperating Forester Training

Workshop for foresters on certification and Cooperating Forester opportunities with the Center for Forest and Wood Certification

July 17-18, 2014
Ellington Ag Center
Ed Jones Auditorium
440 Hogan Rd.
Nashville, TN 37220

This training is offered by the Center for Forest and Wood Certification to train foresters in managing lands for Forest Stewardship Council® and American Tree Farm System® certification.  This training is mandatory for any forester wanting to submit management plans to Center for inclusion in our group certificates.  The workshop is open to any type of forester (industrial, consulting, sawmill) and will help educate foresters if certification is right for their clients, business, or employer.  The training will instruct foresters on how to manage all types of forests (family forest, industrial, and public) on the requirements of certification.  During the training you will learn how to modify your current management templates to meet certification requirements.  Foresters that complete the training will be advertised on the Center’s website as Cooperating Foresters that can offer certification services in conjunction with the Center.  More information about the Center’s Cooperating Forester program can be found here.

A one-time fee of $30 per person is required to attend the training and become a Cooperating Forester. There are no future fees or payments to remain Cooperating Foresters. There will be future updates and trainings from the Center but they will be at minimal cost and the Center will attempt to make those either phone or internet based.  Approximately 10.5 SAF Continuing Forestry Education units will be offered. Breaks will be provided on Thursday and breaks and lunch on Friday.

Attendees are encouraged to bring information about their chemical usage (particularly names of chemicals and their active ingredients), their sample timber prospectus, and management plan templates to make specific requirements of certification more applicable to their specific business practices.

No hotel rooms have been reserved but there are several affordable accomidations in Nashville. No travel support or stipends will be offered for those registering through the Center so attendees will be resonsible for covering their own costs related to travel.

There is limited space for the training and do not show up if you are not pre-registered. You will be turned away! 


Several people are already registered from the waiting list from the trainings in January. They are listed below and will owe no additional fees.

Already registered from Previous Wait List:
Mark Barnett
Austin Carroll
Tom Cunningham
Robert Davis
John Fenderson
Jeff Holt
David James
Pat Jones
Lowell Dean Lutes
Wade McMahan
Keith Moss
Bob Ploetz
Kim Rohr
Alex Savage
R.C. Shomaker
Dwayne Turner 


Time Item
Day 1
Afternoon Session
1:00 PM 

Overview of Certification: forest management, logging, and chain-of-custody certification and integration in the supply chain

  • Defining certification
  • Overview of FM, CoC, and Logging Certification
  • Cooperating Foresters
  • Puting it all together
  Certification Systems
  • Forest Stewardship Council® and American Tree Farm System® - history, general tenants, current direction, overall objectives
2:30 PM Break
  Center for Forest and Wood Certification
  • Role of the Center in certification efforts - why it was formed, overall goals, and on-going projects
  • Center Structure - managing partners, administrative structure: logger, industry, and forest management sections
  • General Center and Cooperating Foresters' roles and responsibilities
  • Certification process - membership types, certification process, internal auditing, certification bodies, fee structure
  • Alternatives for forest certification - Progressive system, state stewardship programs
5:00 PM Adjourn
Day 2
Morning Session
8:00 AM 
Forest Management Certification
Social Concerns
  • Compliance with laws and certification standards
  • Tenure use rights and responsibilities
  • Native American tribe considerations
  • Archaeoligcal concerns
  • Community relations and workers' rights
  • Stakeholder consultations
  Management Plan
  • Plan requirements
  • Inventory requirements - qualitative/quantitative, overstory, and regeneration requirements
  • Annual allowable cut/sustained yield
10:00 AM Break
  Forest Operations and Silviculture on Certified Lands
  • Traditional silviculture in certification - how certification fits in to what foresters already do in the field
  • FSC harvest size opening limitations
  • Process for conducting timber harvest - harvest plan requirements, Center required reporting
  Environmental Concerns
  • Best management practices
  • Streamside management zones - regional FSC requirements
  • Herbicide and pesticide management - process and forms to use chemicals, review FSC banned chemical list
  • RTE species and communities - tools and process to help in identification and management
  • Old growth forests - regional definition, how to document and manage
12:00 PM Lunch (provided)
  Odds and Ends
  • Monitoring - why monitoring is important, examples of monitoring programs relating to management actvities
  • High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs) - what they are, how the Center can assist in identification, how to manage HCVF
  FSC 'Plantation' Management
  • Definition - semi-natural planted forest vs. plantation
  • Management requirements
  • Chemical usage
  • Harvesting requirements
2:30 PM Break
4:30 PM Wrap Up
  • Discussion on forester involvement and opportunities with the Center
  • Certified market status
  • Questions and survey

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