|Forestry Training Manual: Inter-America Region (Peace Corps, 1986)|
We wish to acknowledge the many contributors in the development of this Inter-America Regional Forestry Training Manual. The initial research for this manual began in June of 1981 with George Mahaffey, Forestry Sector Specialist of the Office of Program Development (OPD) meeting with the programming staffs of Ecuador and Paraguay. Additional research was conducted by the three trainers in the fall of 1981 who finalized the training design. The program staffs of both Ecuador and Paraguay had completed assessments prior to the arrival of the design team. In addition, both the staff of OPD and members of the design team interviewed forestry volunteers in the field, country Peace Corps staff, and host country ministry people concerned with their national forestry programs.
The initial design of this manual was field tested in November/December of 1981 with Forestry trainees from both Paraguay and Ecuador, in Conocoto, Ecuador. Immediately following this pilot program the manual was redesigned based on observations by staff, feedback from trainees and emerged needs. Efforts were taken to make this training program uniform with recently developed OPD trainer guidelines and workshop materials. our special thanks to Dan Edwards of OPD for making available material still in draft form for our use and to Bo Razak for the layout and format of this manual.
We appreciated the support of John and Ann Heard, Co-Directors of Peace Corps/Paraguay. Our special thanks to Kate Rattery, J.J. Earhart and Tony Dacak of PC/Paraguay for all their help and long hours spent with the forestry staff of OPD and the design team.
We also express our thanks and appreciation to Ned Benner, Director, and Mike Hirsh, Program Training Officer, Peace Corps/ Ecuador. A special note of thanks to Francisco Garces, Program Manager of Forestry Peace Corps/Ecuador who established the linkages with Carlos Aquirre, Director of Forestry Service, Ecuador. It was Mr. Aquirre's full support that enhanced this training program and led to the Ministry of Agriculture awarding certificates for completion of training to the participants. Our thanks also to AID/Ecuador for their special support and guidance. To David Joslyn, former Peace Corps Director/Ecuador and current Chief of Forestry, AID/Bureau of Science and Technology, who understood the problems of forestry training in the Inter-America Region and helped in many ways to make the training and this manual possible, we express special thanks. Others whose encouragement we received are: U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, the Director Eng. Segundo Jadan and staff of the Centro de Forestal, Conocoto, Ecuador.
Last, but not least, we acknowledge the trainees and volunteers who were the participants in the field testing of this manual at Conocoto, Ecuador.
This Inter-America Regional Pre-Service Technical Manual was developed by Joan Bordman, Training Design Consultant; Bruce Burwell, International Forester; Eugene Braun, Trainer Administrator; John Jickling and Mike Braskich, second year forestry Volunteers; with substantive review and revision input from George Mahaffey, Peace Corps Forestry Program Manager, on detail from the National Park Service.
Training Design/Manual Consultant