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Women in forestry
« on: February 24, 2012, 08:00:13 AM »
As I scan the forestry threads, I notice that there seem to be few women in the industry. Many occupations, including my own, have historically been dominated by men.  In medicine, that's certainly changing.  Is the same true in forestry?
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Re: Women in forestry
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2012, 09:52:56 AM »

Yep. 
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Re: Women in forestry
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2012, 09:55:36 AM »
Doc, over the years I have met and worked with quite a few that are still in this field.
I also run into a few online.
I just think most don't enjoy the online woods forums like the men.  :)

Edit: I guess I need to add, you put this in ask the forester so I assumed you were talking foresters.

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Re: Women in forestry
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2012, 10:20:46 AM »
I know both state and private female foresters.  Maybe more, percentage wise, than some other professions. 
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Re: Women in forestry
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2012, 10:38:13 AM »
A rarity in my area, at least from the industrial side.  We don't get into government foresters very often.  I've only run into one that was doing log inspections for USDA.  But, I don't get out much.

I was at one mill where the women worked alongside their husbands.  You did not want to mess with these women.   ;)
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Re: Women in forestry
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2012, 10:49:32 AM »
We had a lady pulpwooder down here, hard to tell the difference between her and her husband.
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Re: Women in forestry
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2012, 10:51:05 AM »
From the subject line, I'd assume in Forestry. ;)
Watching some of the forestry colleges (schools) it would appear about 15-20% of the class is women. That is just a guess, but up considerably from when I was in forestry in the 50's. Then maybe 1 out of 50.
Likely depends on the curriculum of the Forestry courses for a degree.

Some of the numbers of women in forestry is a direct result of Gov't agencies being told they would hire women to show that they were going along with the program of diversity. Amazing how that works on a persons rating when no's of women employed under you is on your "plan". :)
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Re: Women in forestry
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2012, 10:55:32 AM »
I've worked with and around many women over the years in the Forest Product Industry, from green chain workers to log truck drivers to logging company owners to Industry Procurement Foresters to foresters that held division director or executive positions at the state and national level. For the most part, I think the women in the Forest Industry tend to move from the field towards administrative positions quicker them men and stay there longer.  My personal experience has been that the women in the industry is where most of the brains are kept. ;)
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Re: Women in forestry
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2012, 11:06:54 AM »
They must have the brains, I never saw a lady head sawyer, except on the privet mills. ::) 8) :D
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Re: Women in forestry
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2012, 11:08:51 AM »
I graduated in 1962, there had not been a woman in the forestry school up to that time, to my knowledge.  Now, as beenthere has said, they are some where around 25% of most classes.  Big difference now is, at my old school, MU, it is an environmental school, rather than just forestry.
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Re: Women in forestry
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2012, 11:53:34 AM »
Our Missouri State Forester is a woman, my resource forester is also, and I've have met several others[women] connected to forestry, i.e. tree diseases, naturalists, etc.

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Re: Women in forestry
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2012, 12:10:59 PM »
All MU grads?
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Re: Women in forestry
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2012, 12:16:09 PM »
Don't know  but State Forester is Lisa Allen.


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Re: Women in forestry
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2012, 12:26:43 PM »
I got my degree and went into the service, came back and tried to get a job with Conservation in Mo.  No deal.  For the next 10 years are so I kept  trying to find a way of getting back into Missouri and the service.

Did not know Ms Allen
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Re: Women in forestry
« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2012, 01:57:26 PM »

She probably wasn't born back then...... ;D
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« Reply #15 on: February 24, 2012, 04:01:02 PM »
Probably
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Re: Women in forestry
« Reply #16 on: February 24, 2012, 04:57:46 PM »
The first gal to graduate from Penn State in forestry was in 1972.  I believe she works for the state.  The problem most folks had at graduation was finding a job in forestry.  Back in the early '70s, you needed a master's degree and veterans points to get a technician's job with the state.  Most of the staff foresters were hired in the early to mid '70s right out of college and have stayed on staff. 
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« Reply #17 on: February 24, 2012, 10:30:25 PM »
Yes, there are now many women in forestry and related fields. They work in Federal, State, and Private positions, they are firefighters, smokejumpers,etc. Many now have high ranking administrative positions.

I've worked with many over the years. I just signed a timber sale contract a couple days ago with one representing a large sawmill.
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Re: Women in forestry
« Reply #18 on: February 24, 2012, 10:41:23 PM »
I have worked with a number of female Foresters over the years.  My wife is a Forester by education.  My oldest daughter is a Forester.  I guess it runs in the family.  Anyway, they are not uncommon, but the men have a pretty big majority, still.
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Re: Women in forestry
« Reply #19 on: February 25, 2012, 01:15:51 AM »
I met a girl skidder operator once. She worked with her daddy, and she got to drive the best skidder.  ;D  She seemed to be the type to keep on working with no complaints, which is a lot better than a lot of men I know.  ::)
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