Manages forested lands for economic, recreational, and conservation purposes. May inventory the type, amount, and location of standing timber; appraise the timber's worth; negotiate the purchase; and draw up contracts for procurement. May determine how to conserve wildlife habitats, creek beds, water quality, and soil stability; and how best to comply with environmental regulations. May devise plans for planting and growing new trees, monitor trees for healthy growth, and determine the best time for harvesting. Develops forest management plans for public and privately-owned forested lands.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Plant Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Monitors contract compliance and results of forestry activities to assure adherence to government regulations.
- Plans and supervises forestry projects, such as determining the type, number and placement of trees to be planted, managing tree nurseries, thinning forest and monitoring growth of new seedlings.
- Establishes short- and long-term plans for management of forest lands and forest resources.
- Determines methods of cutting and removing timber with minimum waste and environmental damage.
- Supervises activities of other forestry workers.
- Performs inspections of forests or forest nurseries.
- Plans and directs forest surveys and related studies and prepares reports and recommendations.
- Directs, and participates in, forest fire suppression.
- Chooses and prepares sites for new trees, using controlled burning, bulldozers, or herbicides to clear weeds, brush, and logging debris.
- Procures timber from private landowners.
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