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The Training of a Forester

Gifford Pinchot

Book Overview: 

Written by a forester, this book looks at the definition of "forest", what the life of a forester entails, discusses the forest service both on the state and national levels, and the training required to be a forester. As a forester himself, and the chief of the US Forest Service, Pinchot was a foremost expert in this topic,and, based on his preface to the work, seems to expect this work to either encourage or dissuade young people from a life in forestry.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .the wood, water, and grass, the minerals, and the soil, available and useful to the people of the United States under regulations which will secure development and prevent destruction or waste.

The United States Forest Service consists, first, of a protective force of Forest Guards and Forest Rangers, who spend practically the whole of their time in the forest; second, of an executive staff of Forest Supervisors and their assistants, who have immediate charge of the handling of the National Forests; and third, of an administrative staff divided between headquarters [Pg 32]in Washington and the six local administrative offices in the West, where the National Forests mainly lie.

The work of a Forest Ranger is, first of all, to protect the District committed to his charge against fire. That comes before all else. For that purpose, the Ranger patrols his District during the seasons when fires are dangerous, or watches for signs of fire from certain high po. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Great sense of history of my profession

This shows that issues of the day at the inception of Forestry in the US stll exists today. The technology is different but it seems the debates remain the same. This is a timeless work.

Nostalgic! I live in the woods and it was a surprise to see how close very are the conservative parallels between then & now, and the attitudinal lens through which "my" environment is regarded. Also how far apart---we are, after all, better informed and hopefully wiser today. Got a couple of insigh

Dated, but a fun insight into the early days of the Forestry service in the US. A kind of time-capsule. Really enjoyed Pinchot's perspectives on the nature of the forest, the duties the nation must have in maintaining and using the forest, and the personal requirements of forestry work. Neat little

What forest management meant.

The way the forests were meant to be . UnfortunAtely humans do not look to the past to take care of the present.

The Training of a Forester is exactly what the title implies, it Pinchot's thoughts on what he wanted forest personnel to look like-smart, outdoorsy, and well-educated. It also gives an idea.of what Pinchot philosophies towards the forest was.

If you are reading it for excitement, find another book.