Managing forests is the most important part of nature conservation. If you love being outdoors most of the time, love trees and the animals and birds that live in them, then this job is for you!
Forests have long been exploited for their wood. At first there was no concept of preserving them, all people did was use them for their products. It was during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that people realized that forests were a really precious resource, and began the process of conserving them. Instead of indiscriminately cutting down ancient trees and using them to make houses and furniture and burn their wood for fuel, nowadays most of the wood that is used comes from sustainable forests, that is, forests that are replanted when their trees are used.
The other role forests play in our lives is that of air purifiers. So it is widely recognized that forests need to be conserved, that they must be protected and taken care of. And the kind of person who does that is a forestry worker, or forester.
Forestry is the science of managing forests, as well as all its related natural resources. Among other things, a forester has to plan the regeneration of trees in a forest. He or she must plant new seedlings and take care of them to make sure that they don’t get damaged before they grow up. He needs to control tree diseases before they become a serious problem.
Have a look at the detailed job duties and responsibilities of a forestry worker:
• Create and implement core plans to manage and conserve the forest ecosystem
• Execute forest policies by the application of environmental sciences
• Help in implementing forest management plans, working with both government and NGOs
• Monitor stewardship activities of local communities, general public and educational programs
• Apply scientific and technical data in state and federal programs
• Manage conservation plans by providing professional forestry advice and conservation education to the public at large
• Engage local work groups, general public as well educational institutes to manage conservation plans
• Assist in producing timber resources by working closely with government and timber groups
• Protect and preserve forest wetlands like lakes, ponds, swamps and streams
• Monitor tree health by keeping an eye on tree diseases to ensure health not only of the forest as a whole, but of individual trees
• Protect and preserve species habitat, such as habitats of small animal and bird species that make their homes in trees
• Assist in mapping forest resources
• Manage recreational opportunities on public lands, such as conservation activities and educational programs
• Help manage fire prevention by strategizing prevention activities on a regular basis