- Burnett, Frederick B.
University of Maine Graduate School
The forest and wood-using industries account for a large proportion of Maine's economy, both in terms of gross wages and the total value of manufactured product. In the past few years, there has been indication of shortages in regard to employment in these industries of trained technical personnel and skilled or semi-skilled vocational workers. One means of combating these shortages that has found favor in certain areas of the United States has been the establishment of a number of 2 year forest ranger or technician schools throughout the country. While some investigations that have been conducted in other parts of the country have shown a general need for technical foresters prior to this investigation there was little if any quantifiable information for the state of Maine on technician requirements or the job characteristics associated with forestry based employment opportunities.