There are many terms that are used to describe forestry service providers. Below are definitions of some of the more commonly used terms with links to find more detailed information about each.


  • Certified Arborist ® - a individual who certified to meet standards set by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). An arborist is trained/experienced in the art and science of planting, caring for and maintaining individual trees. More here. . .International Society of Arboriculture


  • Certified Forester ® (CF) -   a person who is certified by the Society of American Foresters' Certified Forester® program. Certified Foresters® have earned a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from and accredited SAF program, have a minimum of 5 years of qualifying forestry experience and agree to the CF Standards of Professional Practice


  • Forestry Technician - an individual who is trained to conduct a variety of forestry tasks.  A forestry technician typically has earned an Associates Degree and works under the supervision of a forester.  


  • Forester - a professional engaged in the practice of the art and science of forestry. A forester typically has earned a Baccalaureate Degree in forestry from an accredited university.


  • Logger - a person who harvests trees, processes them into logs and transports them to sawmills or other processing facilities. The Ohio Forestry Association, Inc (OFA) administers the "Certified Master Logger" program which certifies companies who employ loggers. More here. . .Ohio Forestry Association.


  • Professional Forester -  see definition of "forester"


  • Registered Forester - A forester registered and/or licensed by a government agency to practice forestry within its jurisdiction.  Ohio has no such requirement.


  • Timber Buyer -  a person responsible for purchasing timber or logs for their company or business.  Typically, this person arranges for standing timber to be harvested by logging crews, once they have purchased standing timber.


  • Timber Harvester - see definition of logger