Michigan State Registered Foresters
Upper Michigan Land Management foresters are licensed State Registered Foresters that are qualified under Article 21 of Public Act 299 of 1980 to utilize their knowledge and expertise to engage in the practice of Professional Forestry.
- Dean R. Francis – State Registered Forester #608
- James T. Green – State Registered Forester #653
Michigan State Forester Regulations
The title registration of Foresters is regulated by Article 21 of Public Act 299 of 1980, as amended. Article 21 defines a forester as a person who by reason of his or her knowledge of the natural sciences, mathematics, and principles of forestry, acquired by forestry education and practical experience, is qualified to engage in the practice of professional forestry.
The practice of professional forestry includes forest management, silviculture (the science and practice of controlling the composition and growth of forests), forest protection, forest and watershed management and planning, and other forest activities which could include forestry product appraisal, urban forestry, and the teaching of science courses in forestry.
EDUCATION – An applicant for a foresters registration must provide educational transcripts documenting completion of a baccalaureate degree from a college or university and the completion of a forestry curriculum including course work totaling not less than 30 semester hours/45 quarter hours in forest biology, forestry in the social context, forest resources inventory, forest ecosystem management, and forest resources administration.
Possession of a baccalaureate degree from a program accredited by the Society of American Foresters shall constitute prima facie evidence of completion of the educational requirement for a forester’s registration.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE – An applicant for registration must provide documentation of not less than 2 years of experience in professional forestry work by way of 3 Experience Verification Forms from professional foresters who can attest to the applicant’s experience.