LUFKIN, TEXAS – Texas Forestry Association (TFA) has launched a new program, aimed at providing accreditation for foresters while simultaneously creating a network for landowners to call upon when looking for natural resource professionals.
The Texas Accredited Forester Council has been established to provide accreditation on the state level. The credentials obtained by becoming a Texas Accredited Forester are backed by TFA’s hundred years of experience and partnerships.
“The Texas Accredited Foresters credentials are an asset for both landowners and foresters,” said Ron Hufford, Executive Director of TFA. “By obtaining these credentials, foresters are able to clearly show they have the educational background, knowledge and experience in land management, as well as the integrity, to help landowners make informed decisions about their resources.”
The accreditation requires a Bachelor’s of Science degree or higher in Forestry from a school with a professional curriculum approved by the Society of American Foresters or approved by the Texas Accredited Foresters Board, have five or more years of professional forestry experience, maintain good standing in accordance to the Texas Accredited Foresters Code of Ethics, apply Best Management Practices, and meet continuing education requirements.
“In Texas, Forestry is a powerful legacy and we want landowners to know they have a credible asset in the Texas Accredited Forester,” said Hufford. “The Accredited Forester upholds a responsibility to manage natural resources sustainably for current and future generations.”
For landowners, good forest management can revolve around different objectives. Whether it’s for a source of income or an inheritance, having an accredited natural resource professional with experience, scientifically proven methods, and a deep-rooted code of ethics can make all the difference.
To find out more about Texas Accredited Foresters, or to become an Accredited Forester, please call 936-632-8733 or visit TexasForestry.org.