Forestry technicians help develop and protect forests.
Forestry technicians work under the direction of a forester. They assist foresters with forest management projects. One of their tasks is to collect and record data of the size, content, and condition of forests. They travel through forests to gather data about the types of trees and the condition of seedlings.
Technicians look for disease and insect damage and conditions that might cause fire danger. They may issue controlled fire permits and timber permits. Forestry technicians train workers to fight forest fires. They sometimes cut and remove weak or diseased trees to protect other trees. Technicians may prune tree tops and limbs to control or improve growth. They spray trees, shrubs, and weeds to control insects and diseases.
Technicians also monitor the activities of logging companies and contractors. They keep records of the number of logs removed and taken to mills.
Forestry technicians train and lead conservation workers. They train them to plant tree seedlings to reforest the land. They train them to maintain campsites and recreation areas. For example, workers may restock firewood and supplies. They may clear brush from roadsides and camping areas. They may put up signs and fences where needed. They may also clean bathrooms and kitchens.
Some forestry technicians work in private industry. They assist foresters in both protecting timber and harvesting it. For example, they examine, grade, and mark trees for cutting according to a standard chart. They also help to clear site-lines, set stakes, and cut trees.