Outdoor office with forestry
LBW Community College Forest Technology students were treated to a field demonstration recently by Brad Hall with the U.S. Forest Service out of Conecuh National Forest.
Students learned about various types of equipment and proper handling techniques, said George Showalter, forestry program faculty.
“The program at LBWCC is the only two-year degree of its kind in the state,” he said. “We train students to be forest technicians, working under the direction of a forester and being able to undertake the fieldwork necessary to manage the forest.”
A career as a forest technician involves a variety of challenging jobs including timber inventory, procurement, maintenance of forest roads, forest management, forest stand improvement, fire and pest control, soil and water conservation, wildlife management, harvest planning, logging, cartography, and surveying.
Like most professions, he said, forestry is a high technology field with portable data collectors, geographic information systems (GIS), computer analysis of harvesting strategies, and decision-making models for forest management.
“Because it is the only program of its type in Alabama, we get students from various areas throughout the Southeast,” said Showalter. “With this career, your office is literally outdoors with job opportunities throughout the United States.”
Participating in the recent demonstration were Justin Seaman of Andalusia; York Holland, Montgomery; John Jones, Centreville; Erica Kelley, Pleasant Home; Mike Riley, Andalusia; Spencer Winters, Auburn; Trey Strickland, Ozark; and Casey White, Pensacola, Fla.
For more information, contact Showalter at 334-881-2275, or click here.
LBWCC forestry students recently enjoyed a demonstration by Brad Hall, center, with the U.S. Forest Service in Conecuh National Forest. Pictured are, from left, George Showalter, forestry faculty; Justin Seaman of Andalusia; York Holland, Montgomery; John Jones, Centreville; Hall; Erica Kelley, Pleasant Home; Mike Riley, Andalusia; Spencer Winters, Auburn; Trey Strickland, Ozark; and Casey White, Pensacola, Fla.