In the Southeastern United States the proportion of commercial forest land owned by non-industrial forest landowners is very high (75% in Alabama). Procurement of raw wood material from these private lands is a major activity of wood dealers and industrial forestry firms and is a major source of jobs for new forestry graduates. Few forestry curricula train students in the intricacies of procurement, however. This paper describes a course taught by the School of Forestry at Auburn University, Industrial Wood Procurement Practicum, that introduces forestry students to the many facets involved in procuring raw material for an industrial firm.
Glover, Glenn R.
"Training foresters for wood procurement,"
Natural Resources and Environmental Issues:
Vol. 7, Article 15.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/nrei/vol7/iss1/15