What tasks are done by Foresters at work?

Based on survey data, tasks done by Foresters usually include the following:

  • Conduct public educational programs on forest care and conservation. (More than yearly, 56% of the time.)
  • Plan and implement projects for conservation of wildlife habitats and soil and water quality. (More than yearly, 54% of the time.)
  • Direct, and participate in, forest fire suppression. (More than yearly, 47% of the time.)
  • Procure timber from private landowners. (Daily, 46% of the time.)
  • Choose and prepare sites for new trees, using controlled burning, bulldozers, or herbicides to clear weeds, brush, and logging debris. (More than yearly, 44% of the time.)
  • Negotiate terms and conditions of agreements and contracts for forest harvesting, forest management and leasing of forest lands. (More than monthly, 42% of the time.)
  • Monitor forest-cleared lands to ensure that they are reclaimed to their most suitable end use. (More than yearly, 41% of the time.)
  • Develop new techniques for wood or residue use. (More than yearly, 41% of the time.)
  • Plan and direct construction and maintenance of recreation facilities, fire towers, trails, roads and bridges, ensuring that they comply with guidelines and regulations set for forested public lands. (More than yearly, 38% of the time.)
  • Establish short- and long-term plans for management of forest lands and forest resources. (More than yearly, 38% of the time.)
  • Plan and direct forest surveys and related studies and prepare reports and recommendations. (More than monthly, 38% of the time.)
  • Provide advice and recommendations, as a consultant on forestry issues, to private woodlot owners, firefighters, government agencies or to companies. (More than yearly, 37% of the time.)
  • Develop techniques for measuring and identifying trees. (More than yearly, 37% of the time.)
  • Determine methods of cutting and removing timber with minimum waste and environmental damage. (More than monthly, 36% of the time.)
  • Monitor wildlife populations and assess the impacts of forest operations on population and habitats. (More than yearly, 36% of the time.)
  • Study different tree species' classification, life history, light and soil requirements, adaptation to new environmental conditions and resistance to disease and insects. (More than yearly, 35% of the time.)
  • Plan cutting programs and manage timber sales from harvested areas, assisting companies to achieve production goals. (More than weekly, 34% of the time.)
  • Plan and supervise 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. (More than monthly, 34% of the time.)
  • Subcontract with loggers or pulpwood cutters for tree removal and to aid in road layout. (More than yearly, 34% of the time.)
  • Perform inspections of forests or forest nurseries. (More than monthly, 34% of the time.)
  • Analyze effect of forest conditions on tree growth rates and tree species prevalence and the yield, duration, seed production, growth viability, and germination of different species. (More than monthly, 33% of the time.)
  • Map forest area soils and vegetation to estimate the amount of standing timber and future value and growth. (More than monthly, 32% of the time.)
  • Contact local forest owners and gain permission to take inventory of the type, amount, and location of all standing timber on the property. (More than weekly, 32% of the time.)
  • Monitor contract compliance and results of forestry activities to assure adherence to government regulations. (More than weekly, 32% of the time.)
  • Supervise activities of other forestry workers. (Daily, 30% of the time.)
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