In absence of professional forester licensure laws in the State of Iowa, development of minimum standards by which individuals are elibigle to be listed as a "professional consulting forester" on the forestry consultants and contractors list are necessary. The adoption of these standards ensures that Iowa landowners, agricultural producers, organizations, and the general public, are indeed receiving professional technical forestry assistance that conforms to the best science available for the establishment, management, protection, and utilization of Iowa's invaluable forest resource.
For the aforementioned list, at least one of the following criteria must be met in order to be deemed a "professional consulting forester":
1.) Associate's, bachelor's, and/or graduate degree in forestry, forest management, forest ecology, forest technology, natural resource management, etc., from a program currently or formerly accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF).
2.) Currently certified as a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Technical Service Provider (TSP) in a category relevant to forestry (e.g., CAP-Forest Management Plan (106)).
3.) Currently certified as a Tree Farm Inspector with the American Tree Farm System (ATFS).