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What do they do? How do they do it? Why do they do it? when do they do it? Is it fun? career Forestry day-in-the-life professional environment nature environmental-science

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Sheila’s Answer

Hello Jordan: Conservation Scientists and Foresters manage the overall land quality of forests, parks, rangelands, and other natural resources. Here's some info I researched I hope your find helpful.

What they do

Foresters typically do the following:

*Supervise activities of forest and conservation workers and technicians

*Choose and prepare sites for new trees, using controlled burning, bulldozers, or herbicides to clear land

*Monitor the regeneration of forests

*Direct and participate in forest fire suppression

*Determine ways to remove timber with minimum environmental damage

How they do it

Foresters have a wide range of duties, and their responsibilities vary with their employer. Some primary duties of foresters are drawing up plans to regenerate forested lands, monitoring the progress of those lands, and supervising tree harvests. Another duty of a forester is devising plans to keep forests free from disease, harmful insects, and damaging wildfires. Many foresters supervise forest and conservation workers and technicians, directing their work and evaluating their progress.

Conservation scientists and foresters use a number of tools to perform their jobs. They use clinometers to measure the heights of trees, diameter tapes to measure a tree’s circumference, and increment borers and bark gauges to measure the growth of trees so that timber volumes can be computed and growth rates estimated.

Why they do it

The work can be physically demanding. Some conservation scientists and foresters work outdoors in all types of weather. They may need to walk long distances through dense woods and underbrush to carry out their work. Insect bites, poisonous plants, and other natural hazards present some risk.

Overview on what Urban Forestry is

Urban Forestry is the care and management of single trees and tree populations in urban settings for the purpose of improving the urban environment. Urban forestry advocates the role of trees as a critical part of the urban infrastructure. Urban foresters plant and maintain trees, support appropriate tree and forest preservation, conduct research and promote the many benefits trees provide. Urban forestry is practiced by municipal and commercial arborists, municipal and utility foresters, environmental policymakers, city planners, consultants, educators, researchers and community activists.


Here's some additional information I researched on Occupational Outlook Handbook site:

*Conservation scientists and foresters work for governments (federal, state, and local), on privately owned lands, or in social advocacy organizations

*Conservation scientists and foresters typically need a bachelor’s degree in forestry or a related field

*The median annual wage for conservation scientists was $61,480 in May 2017

*The median annual wage for foresters was $60,120 in May 2017


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Sushan’s Answer

Urban forestry is defined as the planting, maintenance, care and protection of tree populations in urban settings. And the role of trees is an essential function of city planning and urban infrastructure. Planned connections of green spaces encompass not only parks and gardens, but also landscaped boulevards, river and coastal promenades, greenways and even simple street-side tree boxes. All of this requires strategic planning and a skilled workforce.

Urban forestry careers are “green” and environmentally sustainable occupations that include a variety of positions that range from planning for, planting and maintaining urban trees.

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