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FORS 302
EXPERIENCE GUIDELINES FOR LICENSURE
AS A FORESTER IN NEW HAMPSHIRE


For 302.02 (c) - (f) Adopted 10/11/01, Readopted 8/24/06 and 3/13/14

PART Fors 302  QUALIFICATION OF APPLICANTS

            Fors 302.01     Candidate Requirements. Candidates for licensure shall meet the requirements established by RSA 310-A:104 before a license shall be granted. The board shall require documentation of the applicant’s education and work experience to help determine competency.

             Fors 302.02     Experience Requirements.    

            (a)    Experience in the practice of forestry shall be of a grade and character that indicates to the board that the applicant is competent to practice as a forester. If experience is claimed under Fors 302.02, an affidavit stating the dates of said employment, the types of work performed and the names and address of employers shall be provided.

             (b)   Experience shall be determined as follows: 

                      (1)  Applicants possessing a 4-year forestry degree shall have 2 years experience
                          which is equivalent to 4000 hours within not less than 24 months and not more
                        than 60 months of the date of application;

                       (2)  Applicants possessing a 2-year forestry degree shall have 4 years experience
                        pursuant to Fors 302.02 which is equivalent to 8000 hours within not less than 48
                        months and not more than 72 months of date of application;

                       (3)  Applicants possessing a 4-year degree in a related field shall have 4 years
                        experience pursuant to Fors 302.02 which is equivalent to 8000 hours within
                        not less than 48 months and not more than 72 months of the date of  application;

                      (4)  Applicants possessing a 2-year degree in a related field shall have 6 years
                        experience pursuant to Fors 302.02 which is equivalent to 12000 hours within
                        not less than 72 months and not more than 120 months preceding the date of  application; or

                      (5)  Applicants possessing no forestry or related degree shall have 8 years
                        experience pursuant to Fors 302.02 which is equivalent to16000 hours within
                        the 10-year  period preceding the date of application.                                           

            (c)   Experience shall be gained under the supervision of a licensed forester or if not, written explanation shall be included
 with the application describing why the experience should be considered satisfactory to the board.

(d)       Experience not gained under the direction of a licensed forester shall be considered satisfactory by the board if:

 

                       (1)   Experience in the practice of forestry was earned in accordance

                        with Fors 302.02 (f) (1), (2) and (3);   

 

                       (2)   Experience in the practice of forestry was earned without violating Fors 501.03; and

 

                       (3)    The candidate committed no misconduct pursuant to RSA 310-A:112.

 

(e)       Failure of candidates whose experience is not gained under the direction of a licensed forester to meet the experience requirements of
Fors 302.02 (f) (1),(2) and (3) shall, after notice and opportunity for a hearing, result in denial of the application.

 

(f)        Experience in the practice of forestry shall be determined pursuant to RSA 310-A:104 as follows:

(1)       A minimum of 50% of required experience shall demonstrate competency in all of the following core areas:

                                 a.         Preparation of comprehensive forest management plans;

                                b.         Land use and forest type mapping;

c.         Development and implementation of silvicultural prescriptions which
            means a planned series of treatments designed to change current stand
            structure to one that meets management goals;'

d.         Timber cruise and inventory;

e.         Boundary line location and maintenance pursuant to RSA 310-A:54, IV;

f.          Timber harvesting supervision;

g.         Marketing of timber products;

h.         Timber sale administration;

i.          Road and harvest layout; and

j.          Knowledge of New Hampshire forestry laws.

                 (2)     In addition to experience in core areas required per Fors 302.02 (f) (1),
                satisfactory experience shall be in one or more of the following areas:

a.         Land surveying;

 

b.         Wildlife management;

 

c.         Natural resource research or education;

 

d.         Timber stand improvement;

 

e.         Logging;

 

f.          Timber law enforcement;

 

g.         Log scaling;

 

h.         Saw milling;

 

i.          Forest fire control;

 

j.          Soil science pursuant to RSA 310:A-76, II;

 

k.         Arboriculture;

 

l.          Urban forestry;

 

m.        Land use planning;

 

n.         Conservation biology;

 

o.         Wetland delineation pursuant to RSA 310-A:76, II-a or;

 

p.         Wood procurement; or 

                    (3)     Applicants who do not meet the experience required pursuant to Fors 302.02 (f) (1) and (2) shall demonstrate
                    experience and competency in specialty areas such as: 

a.         Timberland appraisal;

 

b.         Teaching of forestry at a college or university level;

 

c.         Teaching natural resource science at a college or university level;

 

d.         Public extension forestry and natural resource education work, or

                                   

e.         Forest policy in a governmental or management position.

                (g)    Experience shall be in accordance with the rules of professional conduct set forth in Fors 501. Conduct proscribed by
                the rules of professional conduct, when performed by an unlicensed person or during a prior period of licensure, shall result
                in denying a license application or issuing a restricted license. 

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