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What is a typical day like for a forester and what do they do?

Here at WFE, we like to think of professional forestry as "gray-collar" work.  Despite appearances, most of the planning or data evaluation happens behind a desk or during meetings with clients.  Numerous hours are spent drafting contracts, sending letters, and making phone calls. This is the part where a forester stays clean. However, a white shirt would get awfully dirty eventually, because the vital information needed to make decisions isn't collected in the office.  The balance of a forester's tasks are completed outdoors.  Many people envy a forester because they think we get to spend our days hiking through the woodlands.  While that scenario is sometimes true, there are many days that aren't so pleasant.  Almost every forester can tell dismal stories about cruising timber through endless swamps, impenetrable brambles, or three feet of snow.  Knocking on a stranger's door in the dark because your truck won't start can be a bit rattling to the nerves.  Then there are the tales of hundreds of seed-ticks, flocks of mosquitoes, hordes of deer flies, and giant wasps.  Summers are survived by hoping for cool creeks under shade trees while the winters are spent trying to hold a pencil with numb fingers.

 
However, before you think that a being a forester is nothing but office work and horrible field days, there are a lot of perks.  The best thing about being a forester is the people that we meet.  Most of our clients share our interests, so many days have ended with long conversations about life, fishing, and old chainsaws.  Over time, you get to see the true meaning of pride, as family farms are passed to the next generation.  Then there are the rare moments that burn into memories. Like seeing an active hummingbird nest or finding a rare plant that blooms for only a day.  The splendor of walking through a 150 year old oak forest reminds us just how small we are. 
 
So, while this job isn't for everyone, we're glad it is ours.  We look forward to meeting you.