Main Topic: Physical Geography
Secondary Topic: Environment and Society
Overview: Forestry technicians help professional foresters manage forest resources. They work for federal and state government agencies that manage public forest lands used for recreation and conservation purposes. Some technicians work for private companies engaged in logging and manufacturing paper and wood pulp products. Foresters and forestry technicians estimate the amount of timber in a forest. First, they determine the number of trees that can be harvested. Then they calculate the amount of lumber or pulp-wood an average tree will produce. Foresters and technicians also mark trees so that logging crews will know which ones to cut. Many forestry technicians are involved in reforestation. They plant trees on land that has been logged or destroyed by fire or industrial use. Both government agencies and private companies hire forestry technicians to work on reforestation projects. Technicians may oversee the work crews that plant trees. Sometimes these crews plant grass or ground cover crops to prevent soil from being washed or blown away. Forestry technicians may assist foresters who check for evidence of harmful insects or tree diseases. Training for forestry technicians generally includes courses in land surveying, timber cruising, forest protection, wildlife management, and logging.
Geographers at work: Physical Geographers, Cartographers, Environmental Geographers
Recommended College Courses: Physical Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Environmental Management, Quantitative Methods
Skills: Land surveying, Field Methods, Physical Geography, Sustainability
Written by Christopher Hinojosa