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Forestry Career Glossary for Internet Activity Sheet


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 environment.

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 nutrients (food).

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.


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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