The Training of a Forester

The Training of a Forester

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The Training of a Forester by Gifford Pinchot

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The Training of a Forester

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To the young man who is attracted to forestry and begins to consider it as a possible profession, certain questions present themselves. What is forestry? If he takes it up, what will his work be, and where? Does it in fact offer the satisfying type of outdoor life which it appears to[Pg 6] offer? What chance does it present for a successful career, for a career of genuine usefulness, and what is the chance to make a living? Is he fitted for it in character, mind, and body? If so, what training does he need? These questions deserve an answer.

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standing, which are the measures of its capacity for usefulness, are kept strong and clear.

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF FORESTRY

In the United States, forestry is passing out of the pioneer phase of agitation and the education of public opinion, and into the permanent phase of the practice of the profession. The first steps in forestry in this country, as in any other where the development and destruction of natural resources has been rapid, were necessarily directed mainly to informing the public mind upon the importance of forestry, and to building up national and State laws and organizations for the protection of timberlands set aside for the public benefit. The right to be heard with respect by the men who were already in control of the larger part of our total forest wealth had to be won, and has been won. What is more, in the teeth of the bitterest opposition of private special interests, the right of the public to first consideration in the protection and development of the forest and of al

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For a forester, this book is well worth reading. Although it was written almost a hundred years ago, it is surprising how many of the attributes of a well trained forester remain unchanged. This is probably a result of Pinchot's focus on personal attributes as much as on training in silvics and the related sciences. --Brian