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The role of a forester branches into many fields

5/26/2022

The job of a modern forester blends planning, biology, conservation, management, diplomacy and technology, as well as other areas of essential knowledge.

Over the decades, the role has evolved in scope and complexity, shaped by public attitudes toward forests and our environment as a whole.

Early in the nation’s history, national and state forestry agencies initially focused on supplying timber and suppressing wildfire. With the growing awareness of conservation, the perception of forests began to change – and with it, the role of foresters. 

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