A multi-purpose approach to managing the nation’s forests
I was asked to write something regarding the difference between production woodlands and amenity woodlands and what skills a forester would need for each. A good starting point is to ask how you define a “forester”? Is that someone who cuts down big trees? Someone who plants small trees? Is it someone who controls deer to reduce tree damage? Someone who improves habitat for woodland wildlife? Or someone who manages a network of walking routes in a forest?
Well, in truth, it can be all these things and more and they all have different skill sets.