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A forester is a person who practices forestry, the science, art, and profession of managing forests. Foresters engage in a broad range of activities including timber harvesting, ecological restoration and management of protected areas. Foresters manage forests to provide a variety of objectives including direct extraction of raw material, outdoor recreation, conservation, hunting and aesthetics. Emerging management practices include managing forestlands for biodiversity, carbon sequestration and air quality.

A forester was also a title used widely during

  • SAF Accredited Professional Forestry Degree Programs
  • SAF Recognized Forest Technology Degree Programs
  • Center for International Forestry Research
  • International Union of Forest Research Organizations
  • FAO Forestry Department
  • The National Forest (England)
  • Forestry Commission (Great Britain)

External links

  1. ^ "Medieval Occupations". Retrieved March 2015. 
  2. ^ [3] Archived November 6, 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ [4]
  4. ^ , August, p.28.New Zealand ForestryLeslie, Alf. 1989. "Obituary: Jack C. Westoby, C.M.G., 1913-1988," Accessed: May 7, 2012.


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Notable foresters

Foresters are often employed by private industry, federal and state land management agencies, or private consulting firms.[3]

Usually a bachelor's degree is considered the minimum education required, but some individuals are able to secure a job without a college education based on their experience. Some states have a licensing requirement for foresters, and most of those require at least a four year degree.

The median salary of foresters in the United States was $53,750, in 2008.[2] Beginning foresters with bachelor's degrees make considerably less. Those with master's degrees are able to command salaries closer to the average. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation considers the Society of American Foresters as the principal accreditor for academic degree programs in professional forestry, both at a Bachelor's and Master's level.

United States



  • Career 1
    • United States 1.1
  • Notable foresters 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Many people confuse the role of the forester with that of the logger, but most foresters are concerned not only with the harvest of timber, but also with the sustainable management of forests to (in the words of Gifford Pinchot) "provide the greatest good for the greatest number in the long term". Another notable forester, Jack C. Westoby, remarked that "forestry is concerned not with trees, but with how trees can serve people".


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