There are several online resources available for finding a forester you can hire to help meet your land management goals. There are a few types of credentials, including the Society of American Foresters’ Certified Forester credential and the Association of Consulting Foresters member requirements; both require a bachelors degree in Forestry from an accredited forestry program and several years’ experience.
You may want to begin with a service forester, one who is hired by your state’s department of natural resources, division of forestry, or university extension.
Below are two documents that explain the types of credentials and how you might want to select a person to hire. They also offer suggestions of material to gather before you meet with a forester, such as aerial photos, and questions to ask before you hire someone.
USFS Northeastern Area -- Landowners Top 10 FAQs: Finding a Good Forester or Logger
Univ. of Wisconsin Extension -- Forestry Facts: Hiring a Consulting Forester (requires adobe acrobat reader)
Next, you’ll want to find a few names of foresters to interview. Both SAF and ACF keep online lists of their members.
SAF -- Hiring a Certified Forester
ACF -- Find an ACF Forester