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International forest engineering

Most readers of this Bulletin are aware that forest engineering expertise is needed now more than ever with increasing emphasis around the world on:

Skillful forest operations are needed to meet the demands for wood and to maintain or enhance other forest resources. This requires careful attention to road and transportation systems, thoroughly assessing risks to the environment with forestry practices, and producing the most effective timber harvesting plans to reach management objectives.

The demand for forest engineering skills has certainly increased in recent years in developed countries, especially in the private sector. Many educational organizations are providing opportunities for improved forest engineering skills. A large effort is underway at the International Forest Engineering Institute at Oregon State University. The Institute expects to offer a course on Reduced Impact Logging and Achieving Sustainable Forestry. It is anticipated that this outreach education programme would be offered annually with the first session beginning in 2001.

The proposed educational programme is an intensive eight-week course designed to provide participants with knowledge and skills for achieving sustainable forest operations that meet environmental, social and economic objectives. The programme is based on more than 20 years of success with the Oregon State University Forest Engineering Institute in providing outreach forest engineering education. The planned curriculum is aimed at an international audience involved in forestry operations in both developing and developed countries. It includes plantation and natural forest management.

The International Forest Engineering Institute is in the programme planning phase. This is your opportunity to influence the structure of the course. Indications of interest and suggestions on the curriculum are welcome. To receive further information, please contact Loren Kellogg: Department of Forest Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331-5706 U.S.A., Fax: +1 541 737 4316, Phone: +1 541 737 2836, Email: loren.kellogg@orst.edu

This skyline corridor is an example of an engineered solution to reducing harvest impacts.


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