Careers and Technology
Forestry Career Glossary for Internet Activity
Professional Forester: Oversees all aspects
of forest management.
Forest Technician: Works with other professionals
in caring for the forest.
Forest Pathologist: Studies forest disease and how
it relates to forest health.
Forest Entomologist: Studies forest insects and
how they relate to forest health.
Forest Ecologist: Studies the relationships between
organisms & their
Hydrologist: Helps assess and protect water supplies
and water quality.
GIS Specialist: Geographical Information Systems
Specialists develop maps anddata bases showing forest information
(plants, soil, animal habitat)
Brusher: Removes plants competing with seedlings
for light, water and
Spacer/Thinner: Removes selected trees to prevent
overcrowding so that the
remaining trees can grow better.
Pruner: Prunes branches on the trees to improve
the quality of the wood.
Choke Setter: Fastens steel cables or chains around
logs that are to be dragged bymachinery, such as a skidder or helicopter.
Faller: Cuts down or harvests trees using a chainsaw.
HARVESTING MACHINES/HARVESTING TYPES
Feller Buncher: Cuts down trees and lays the timber
down into piles.
Forwarder: Picks up the logs and carries them to
the logging road.
Harvester: Cuts the tree down, takes off the branches,
measures it, then cutsthe tree into logs ready for the forwarder.
Loader: Loads logs onto logging trucks for transport
to the mill.
Processor: Removes the limbs, then cuts them to
length after the trees are
dragged to a landing.
Skidder: Drags felled timber either randomly or
on skid trails to the landing.
Yarder: Transports logs to the landing site by lifting
and pulling them.
High-Lead Logging: Type of logging where fallers
and cables are used on steep hills
and mountain sides.
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