Variety + Opportunity = Challenges
The specific tasks that an individual forester concentrates on are primarily dependent on geographic location and the seasons
Foresters primarily concentrate on state land management. Most of the state land is located in the northern one-third of Minnesota. Tasks include sale of state timber, timber harvest supervision, regeneration, and timber stand improvement. Fire suppression is a priority during the spring and fall seasons.
Foresters split their time between preparing for and suppressing wildfires and assisting private forest land owners. Fire suppression is a challenge in central Minnesota due to increasing urban/forest interface issues. State land acreage is limited in central Minnesota, so time used on these types tasks is smaller.
Foresters spend most of their time working with private woodland owners managing hardwoods. One large state forest exists in southeastern Minnesota, so there are opportunities here to work on state lands. Fire suppression is not a major program in this part of the state.
- forest Roads
- wildlife habitat management
- law enforcement
- forest resource assessment (Inventory)
- nursery management
Listing of field offices and their locations.