The professional forester - shaping the future.

  • Hugh G. Miller Department of Forestry, University of Aberdeen, AB24 5UA.
Keywords: Forest policy, environment, conservation, training, education, sustainable develoment, multiple use, recreation, tourism.


The past decade has been one of rapid change in forest policies. There is growing acceptance that a wide range of individuals and interest groups (representing conservation, recreation, socio-economics, etc.) are legitimate stakeholders in forestry along with the timber processors. These new demands came to a head at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), and again in the 1993 Helsinki Conference, the conclusions of which are binding upon all European states, including the Republic of Ireland. In this environment, it is not the function of the professional forester to set policy, but rather to achieve the balance between all competing demands .
How to Cite
Miller, H. G. (1997). The professional forester - shaping the future. Irish Forestry. Retrieved from
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