A Day in my Boots: Forestry

A Day in my Boots: Forestry


Hi, I’m Shaun O’Connor, Forester, on the
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie is managed for multiple uses and benefits including the sustained yield of renewable resources – one of those resources is timber. Practice of sustainable forest
management provides for resource protection while meeting our forest
products needs. We also support local economies by
providing natural resource jobs. The objective of most of the acres
harvested is primarily ecological restoration. This is often driven by the
habitat of threatened and endangered species such as the spotted owl. As a forester my primary responsibility is planning and implementing timber sales on the forest. The first step is identifying the unit boundaries. In harvest areas I identify and mark leave and removal trees and sample and measure a portion
of those trees to determine timber sale volume. I utilize GIS technology to
create maps and collect data and finally I appraise timber sale value and removal
costs and prepare the timber sell contract. Growing up in Idaho I spent a lot of time
exploring our National Forests. Forestry seemed like a natural fit for me. I get to continue to explore off the
beaten path while working for an agency with a history of providing natural
resources for the public. Timber management is an important tool
in ensuring the biodiversity and resilience of our national forests. As a
forester i get to contribute to these efforts.

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