What Can I do in Forestry?
Forestry is the science and art of cultivating, maintaining, and developing forests for current and future uses. Typical tasks of a professional forester include but are not limited to:
- Developing an overall forest management plan
- Managing forest lands and resources for economic and recreational purposes
- Planning and directing afforestation and reforestation projects
- Mapping of forest areas, estimating standing timber and future growth, and managing timber sales
- Planning harvest programs to assure continuous production of timber or assist timber companies achieve production goals
- Determining appropriate methods for harvest and removal of timber with minimum waste and environmental damage
- Directly suppressing forest fires
- Conducting fire-prevention programs
- Planning and directing construction and maintenance of roads, trails, firebreaks, and recreation facilities
- Assisting in planning and implementation projects for control of floods, soil erosion, tree diseases, and forest insect pests
- Advising landowners on forestry management techniques and conducting public education programs on forest care and conservation
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Spring 2016 Salary survey, students graduating with a B.S. degree in forestry received an average starting salary of $34,412 per year. Starting salaries for those who have earned an M.S. degree averaged $44,111. Starting salaries in various employment sectors will vary depending on experience.