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Cooperating Forester Training

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

May 16-17, 2012
Boyle County Extension Office
99 Corporate Drive
Danville, KY 40422

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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 $25 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 12.0 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.

Detailed directions to the Boyle County Extension Office can be found here in PDF form or here for Google Maps directions. The Center has not made any arrangements for lodging but there are several options for modest accommodations in Danville.

If you have any questions about this specific Cooperating Forester training or the program itself, contact the Forest Section Administrator, Christopher Reeves, here or toll-free at (855) 579-2690.


Time Item


May 16

1:00 PM

Afternoon  Session

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
  • putting it all together

Center for Forest and Wood Certification

  • role of the Center in certification efforts why it was formed, overall goals, and on-going projects
  • Center’s structure – managing partners; administrative Structure: logger, industry, and forest management sections
  • certification process – membership types, certification process, internal auditing, certification bodies, fee structure
  • general Center and Cooperating Foresters’ roles and responsibilities

Forest Management Certification
Social Concerns

  • compliance with laws and certification standards
  • tenure use rights and responsibilities
  • Native American tribe considerations
  • archaeological concerns
  • community relations and worker’s rights
  • stakeholder consultations


May 17

8:00 AM

Morning Session

Certification Silviculture

  • traditional forestry practices in certification – how certification fits in to what foresters already do in the field
  • harvest size opening limitations
  • annual allowable cut/sustained yield
  • process for conducting timber harvest – Harvest plan requirements, Center required reporting

Management Plan

  • plan requirements
  • inventory requirements – Overstory and regeneration requirements


May 17

1:00 PM

Afternoon Session

Environmental Concerns

  • best management practices
  • streamside management zones
  • herbicide and pesticide management – process and forms to use chemicals, review 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


  • monitoring – why monitoring is important, examples of monitoring programs relating to management activities
  • High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs)– what they are, how the Center can assist in identification, how to manage HCVF
  • plantation management

Wrap Up

  • Discussion on forester involvement and opportunities with the Center

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