The Forestry Basics and Forest Science
By Steve Nix, About.com Guide
- The Forestry Profession
- Fire in the Forest
- Forest Insects and Disease
- Harvesting and Selling Trees
- Saws and Sawmills
The Forestry Profession
Tree care and forest management use techniques that have been much advanced using the methods developed by the sciences of silviculture and arboriculture and practiced by the professional forester and certified arborist.
- Professional Forester Requirements
- Forestry Associations and Organizations
- National Forests in the United States
Fire in the Forest
Fire and forests go back to the prehistoric and they have existed together for millions of years. The temperate world's forest ecosystem has developed with forest fire as a preeminent partner - a regenerator, a rejuvenator but also can lead to a forest's ruination. This fire/forest/human symbiosis is complicated but essential and I tell you why.
- The Forest Fire Basics
- Firefighting/Wildfire Protection
- Current Wildfire Maps and Condition Reports
- Introduction to Wildland Fire Suppression
Forest Insects and Disease
Insects and disease kill more trees in urban and rural forests than any other pest agent. Diseases and insects account for nearly ten times the mortality to trees than does fire or weather. It is important to identify these biotic pests in a forest.
- An Index of Harmful Tree Insects
- The Most Deadly Insects to Conifers
- The Most Deadly Insects to Hardwoods
Harvesting and Selling Trees
A tree is a valuable and renewable resource. The science of forestry and silviculture has been developed to grow trees for many reasons and is especially devoted to growing mature forests for harvest and regenerating new stands for future forest products. Sustainablility (always having trees in various stages of maturity throughout the life of a forest) is the ultimate goal.
Saws and Sawmills
If you've ever thought about using or purchasing a chainsaw or a portable sawmill, this section is developed just for you. Operating equipment with spinning blades to fell, buck, and saw large trees is inherently dangerous to do if you are not prepared.