Forest/woodland Manager

Forest/woodland Manager Job Description

Forest/woodland Managers, Or Foresters, Are Responsible For Managing Forests And Woodlands And Oversee Activities Such As Timber Production, Conservation And Recreation.

They Maintain And Manage Various Issues Associated With Woodland Areas, Such As Commercial Interests, Biodiversity And Public Access. The Challenge For Modern Forestry Is To Establish A Balance Between Competing Economic And Social Demands For Forest And Land Use. This Challenge Includes A Change Of Emphasis Towards Multipurpose Forests, Regeneration Of Native Woodlands And Sustainable Forest Management.

Forest/woodland Manager Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • attending meetings of professional bodies;
  • keeping up to date with changes to legislation and other developments;
  • advising woodland owners on the establishment of the most appropriate tree species (whether by planting or natural regeneration), budgeting, public access, ecological surveys and forest certification;
  • working to and maintaining globally recognised forest certification;
  • advising clients on good forestry practice and providing a contract service to woodland owners, including those interested in acquiring land for establishment of new forests;
  • organising the growing, harvesting, marketing and sale of timber;
  • liaising with customers, landowners, timber merchants, the public and local authorities - varies according to the specific post and the nature of the employer but, in general, this is becoming a greater part of the role;
  • liaising and working on many projects with other professionals, such as landscape architects, archaeologists, biologists, geologists, chartered surveyors and engineers, and charitable bodies;
  • planning and implementing annual work programmes and ensuring the effective use of resources to meet the current objectives of the forest area;
  • supervising forest workers and contractors in the field, which may include negotiation with subcontracting companies;
  • planning and controlling budgets and preparing costing and financial forecasts;

Forest/woodland managers are also involved in forest protection, which is a wide-ranging part of the role reflecting the government's desire to promote sustainable forest management.

  • protecting forests from illegal felling, pests and diseases;
  • ensuring that the presence of forests does not detrimentally affect the surrounding environment and wildlife by damaging wildlife habitats, water supplies or soil.
  • conducting research in areas such as silviculture, pathology, tree improvement and entomology;
  • monitoring existing forestry practices;

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