What is a Forest Technician?

What is a forest technician/technologist?

A Forest Technician/Technologist is an academic designation indicating successful completion of at least two years or equivalent of study at a forest technical institute. Comprehensive summaries of required courses are available on the web sites of most institutions. The explanation of what is a forest technician/technologist is best achieved by answering the following questions.

What might a forest technician/technologist do?

A forest technician/technologist may be involved in many forest management activities including stand establishment, silviculture and stand tending, cruising, scaling, assessing, surveying and environmental monitoring, forest protection, harvesting operations and supervision, fish and wildlife management, parks management, teaching, training or forest research. Some entrepreneurs even manage their own businesses.

Who might a forest technician/technologist work for?

Opportunities for employment in forestry can include a variety of forest industries, pulp and paper and sawmilling companies, forestry consultants and contractors, equipment manufacturers and distributors, forestry educational institutions, colleges and universities, government departments or agencies, federal provincial and municipal, private woodlot marketing boards and wood producer associations.

Most forest technicians enjoy rewarding and meaningful careers where they interact with university graduate foresters, professional forest workers, other allied professionals as well as the public. They share in the responsibility for the care of our environment, and most importantly, forest technicians/technologists make a difference.

author: A.G.(Kim) Mann, CFT, RPF ©1999

Ten Reasons to Join the NBFTA

Ten reasons to join the NBFTA

1. To become certified within the Association.

2. To be ready to meet the challenges of the future without having it forced on me.

3. To participate with others in my profession by pooling our ideas together to achieve our objectives.

4. To express my ideas towards as association which represents my thoughts.

5. To cooperate with my fellow technicians in expressing my views, and accepting other views, however different they may be.

6. To ensure that we continue to recognize the Forest Technician as the professional he/she truly is.

7. To give back to forestry a little of what it has given me and my family, maybe for generations of giving.

8. To become accountable to myself as well as to others.

9. To promote camaraderie within our profession.

10. To be able to participate in Continuing Forestry Education which will be offered to members of the Association.

author: Claude Chiasson, CFT ©1999

Welcome to the NBFTA

Welcome to the New Brunswick Forest Technicians Association. I invite you to browse through our new site and visit some of the links that we have made available to you. This site will provide you the opportunity to communicate with other techs, see what jobs may be available, and to read our newsletter ‘The Azimuth‘.

We have now switched to a blog format. This will allow us to speak to members and better disseminate information in a timely fashion. Also members will be able to speak to other members through here.

By default, everyone is granted subscriber status. This will allow you to comment on individual blog entries. If you would like to have ‘author privileges‘ for the site please contact me with the following:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Affiliation
  • Information you wish to share

Once this information is received, the association will process your request in a timely fashion.

One of our objectives is to provide one voice on forestry issues as they relate to Forest Technicians. The best way for your voice to be heard is to join us and we will be heard across the land.

Todd MacPherson, CFT

MFRS 1992

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