There are just over 5,300 registered forest professionals managing private and crown forests and urban forests throughout BC. As they say, we aren’t loggers or tree planters, but sometimes we do wear plaid.
There are many exciting opportunities in managing natural areas and urban forests as either a forest technologist or professional forester. The reasons to join the profession are about as varied as the people who choose it, but often listed are the opportunities to work outside, make a difference, travel to remote places and use new technologies.
Forestry work can include planning, vegetation management, collecting inventory information, geographic information systems and analysis, research, genetics, wildfire management, engineering, and education.
Forestry is a science and an art, rooted in the basic sciences of biology, chemistry and mathematics and is performed with the applied sciences of ecology, silviculture, and management. While science guides the decisions, foresters must apply decision-making skills where human, social and other environmental interests must be considered. The judgments and diplomacy make it an art.
Forestry involves managing other resources than trees. Foresters also manage water, animals, soils, insects, diseases, cultural heritage resources, recreation, and non-game), soils, water, insects, diseases (both tree and animal), range lands, fish, visual landscapes, biodiversity, and human beings.
The following infographic on forest professionals has been printed with permission from the Association of BC Forest Professionals. For more information on becoming a student member, scholarship opportunities, learning links, and educational resources visit www.abcfp.ca