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Forestry concerns the management and care of woodland, both for the commercial production of timber and for conservation and recreation purposes. A forest manager or officer is responsible for managing the forest and those people who work in and visit it. Annual programmes are planned to plant, manage and harvest trees, as well as arrange and negotiate the sale of the timber. Forest managers also plan and supervise general maintenance work, ensuring that strict health and safety regulations are followed.
Development of the forest as a centre for recreation involves laying out nature trails and protecting the forest’s wildlife. Good relations need to be maintained with neighbouring landowners and the public. Forest managers will also liaise with timber merchants and local authorities.
Budget planning and other administrative duties, such as report writing and issuing permits, are also part of the role. Some forest managers work in nurseries, which may lead to work in research projects. In the private sector roles are along more commercial lines and officers may specialise in the supervision of logging, marketing of timber and the provision of contracts services.
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