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RE: Forestry Journal improving.

Subject: RE: Forestry Journal improving.
From: Rupert Baker
Date: Dec 30 2013 17:21:54
I'd tend to agree, Alistair; but it'd be nice to think that CE's had a basic
grasp of the fields in which they operated, rather than 'just'
organisational and people skills - and that the career ladder in the field
gave some hope of advancement for 'specialists'

PS many thanks Bill for the links; it looks like it'd be possible to look at
at least some of their articles on line w/o subscribing.  Interesting to see
that Dr John (aka 'The Night Tripper' for old gimmers with long and
hallucinogenic memories) is keeping himself busy on his retirement as ceo of
the RFS - he still does the RFS e-news as well.

Happy New Year to everyone

Rupert

-----Original Message-----
From: Alastair Durkin [mailto:ADurkin@xxxxxxxxxx.gov.uk] 
Sent: 30 December 2013 11:46
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: RE: Forestry Journal improving.

After seeing the grand job that Karen Martin has done with the AA over the
past year, I'm now convinced that a knowledge of trees is one of the least
desirable prerequisites of a Chief Exec (or similar level post) job
description in the arb/forestry industry. The job requires different skills.
Those jobs involving trees can be delegated to the many employees who are
tree specialists.

Alastair

-----Original Message-----
From: andersonarb@xxxx.com [mailto:andersonarb@xxxx.com]
Sent: 30 December 2013 10:24
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: Forestry Journal improving.

One of the magazines that eventually finds its way into our office is the
Forestry Journal. My dad subscribes to it, (despite being almost 80 he's
still got dreams of buying a big harvester and vanishing into the forests).
It used to be called Forest Machine Journal and while it contained some
interesting articles I was inclined to dismiss it as it catered more to the
Petrol-Head part of the Arb fraternity. (I think that was Dealga's
description, it should be diesel-head but I got his point.)


Anyway the point of this missive is that the most recent issue (December)
seems to be getting more in line with UKTC-sympathies (as I perceive them)
and kicks off with an editorial moaning about the fact that the ad for the
new Forestry Commission Chairman contains not a mention of trees and that
anyone reading the mag would be over-qualified for the post! While I don't
hold with all of that it's got a point.... It also has a moan about the
Woodland Trust who also need a new Chief Executive, and unsurprisingly a
knowledge of trees is not included in the job description.


Elsewhere they point out that involving the public in finding incidences of
Chalara is not a lot of point when the average Joe/Joanna can't tell an Ash
from a Rowan.While it's still got the diesel-heads lamenting the glories of
County Tractors it's also got a decent article on PAWS restoration by John
Jackson (past CEO of the RFS) and a very interesting article on planting
trees in British Columbia, focusing on the fitness of the planters more than
anything. These two articles are on-line as it happens, although only as
scanned PDFs.
http://www.forestryjournal.co.uk/newsitefiles/2013/1213/Paws.pdf


http://www.forestryjournal.co.uk/newsitefiles/2013/1213/Planting.pdf


I should also note that the editorial (a while ago) gave Countryfile a
decent kicking over their reactionary views on Forestry which was picked up
by the mainstream press. So all in all those of us who were dismissing the
publication ought not to be so hasty, possibly.


Bill.







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