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Rosey Santerres favorite workplace is a forested tract of land under a blue sky. As a Pendleton County service forester with the West Virginia Division of Forestry, she balances a mix of outdoor fieldwork including logging inspections, forest fire control and forest management. Santerre is also one of only two female state foresters in West Virginia, a distinction she shares with Linda Carnell, assistant state forester in education and communication. Female foresters are still relatively rare in state and national forest services.
The U. Forest Service hired the first female forester, Margaret Stoughton Abell, in Rosey Santerre. Some are directly managing forestry activities such as logging, invasive species control, road construction, tree planting, and related duties on public lands, said Santerre. Service foresters like me are different because we work primarily on private Women want sex Bradshaw West Virginia. A park rangers job often involves a combination of law officer, environmental expert and historian.
The term park ranger usually refers to a law enforcement type officer who works on public land, such as state and national parks and forests, she said. Ive also been confused with the game warden, who enforce fish and game, and other laws on public and private land.
The drones have proven to be time-saving and effective tools for logging inspections, scouting forest fires and landowner assistance work. I love the variety of my job. I am always meeting new landowners and seeing new places, she said. I enjoy the problem-solving and teamwork that different parts of my job require.
Landowners that I work with often comment that they had to take a vacation day to come look at their woods with me. I feel lucky that Im getting paid to do a job that others take time off work to do! Santerre was born in New Paltz, New York. Just 90 miles from New York City, this historic town in the Hudson Valley is surrounded by hiking paths, biking trails and world class rock climbing. In high school, she was not inclined to spend her senior year cooped up in a classroom, whether vocational or academic. I was very lucky in high school to have the opportunity to spend a large chuck of my senior year in a program called Independent Career Exploration.
I was able to build my own curriculum around my interest in the outdoors.
She sailed on a boat on the Hudson River, volunteering to teach environmental science education. She spent 10 days in the Canadian wilderness, winter camping, cross country skiing and dog sledding. She served two internships: one with the Nature Conservancy and another with the New York State Parks doing invasive species management. That led to her enrolling in Paul Smiths College in the Adirondacks to study forestry and earn a degree in industrial forest operations.
Paul Smiths College prides itself in teaching through experience.
As I am a tactile learner, it was a perfect fit for me, Santerre said. We cruised tracts of land, then created and implemented forest management plans on the colleges property. We then logged according to the management prescription using both traditional mechanized equipment and a horse team. Then we processed the wood on both a circular saw and a band sawmill. We got to see the whole process from start to finish, which helped put in perspective what our role would be in the future entering the workforce as foresters.
There she led backpacking, river and environmental education trips for youth. She thought that this would be the first of many seasonal jobs that would lead to adventures around the country. Instead, she fell in love with Potomac Highland West Virginia and has made her Women want sex Bradshaw West Virginia here.
WV Division of Forestry state foresters, including Rosey Santerre, attending investigative fire training. Barb Breshock was a female state forester who was also working when I was hired with the state Division of Forestry, Santerre said. She was hired inthe first female hired as a professional forester in West Virginia. There were a few technicians who worked as aides and rangers before her. Back then you needed a 4-year degree in forestry to have a forester position.
Barb retired in and was the first woman with a complete career in the agency. I am grateful to have met Barb and feel lucky to be able to continue to work with her after her retirement. A collaborative network of groups in multiple states, WOW teaches women to manage and care for their woodlands. The WOW program equips women landowners with the tools and resources to make informed choices about their woodlands.
Santerre said. We had a three-day retreat at Watoga State Park where 20 women landowners got the opportunity to talk and see forestry with a variety of foresters and wildlife biologists. I now believe we cant consider ecology without thinking about humans as part of the system, she said. I believe good forestry can have long-lasting positive impacts to the ecology and to the economy.
Through good forestry, we can manage our woods to provide a plethora of benefits including wood fiber, wildlife habitat, clean cold water and carbon sequestration to name a few. Timber is a sustainable, renewable resource when managed properly. There are places that should be Women want sex Bradshaw West Virginia, like rare, threatened and endangered species habitat or old growth or special recreational areas.
Foresters and environmentalists have more in common than I would have imagined at the beginning of my journey. I think one of the tasks of my generation of foresters is to build bridges between the two groups so that we can work toward common goals. How you can protect West Virginia's forests from the spread of invasive plants and insects. Air support: West Virginia Division of Forestry's drone program speeds up logging inspections and wildfire recon. Ginseng: How we are loving it to death. Test your knack for forest knowledge in these fun activities. Rosey Santerre What foresters do What are the differences between national foresters, service foresters and park rangers?
As a state service forester, Santerres duties fall into three basic : Forest fire control. Includes forest fire suppression, prevention, cause investigation and law enforcement, as well as training and coordination with the states volunteer fire departments. Landowner assistance. Involves helping landowners with state and federal cost share programs; Managed Timberland tax program; forest management assistance; and insect, plant pest and disease identification and control. Requires training loggers, investigating and enforcement of complaints and inspecting logging operations to ensure they meet best management practices.
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