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A Forest Resources Technologist is like a Restaurant Manager or Store Manager, but instead of dealing with food, merchandise, or people, they handle forests. When you’re a Forest Resources Technologist, there are a lot of different areas you can work in, but ultimately, your job is to create healthy forests that people can enjoy.
Your day-to-day responsibilities as a Forest Resources Technologist will vary depending on what aspect you choose to focus on. You might order the thinning of overcrowded trees that have become a fire hazard, plant new trees in sparse areas, oversee the creation of protected fishing areas, look after the maintenance of streams, decide where roads should be built, or write reports detailing the need for conservation efforts. Most jobs in this field are a combination of these responsibilities, but some are more specialized. For example, you can choose to focus on fishing conservation or reforestation, to name a few.
The purpose of this job is to create a balance between the needs of the natural world and people. To do this, you gather information in the form of maps, inventories of different plant species, or general research. With all the information you have, you make decisions that keep forests healthy and people happy.
The decisions you make include choosing areas for recreation, logging, and animal sanctuaries. You walk the fine line between letting people use the natural world for fun and work, and keeping it safe for future generations.