First, we should probably describe a consulting forester. In a nutshell, a consulting forester is a natural resource professional who is qualified to practice forestry for the benefit of society. In 1989, North Carolina defined a consulting forester under state law (General Statute 89-B) as one who:
is registered by the State Board of Registration for Foresters;
is an educated professional;
is governed by the SAF Code of Ethics;
is competent to practice forestry for the benefit of society; and
has not engaged in any practice that would constitute a conflict of interest or in
any way diminish his ability to represent the best interests of his clients.