What does a timber tech do? Eat Dungeness crabs and look at different trees on high mountains and cliffs. That sounds simple and a great way to work, but it is in fact super hard. This week I went out with the timber tech to help complete tree plots at different areas from Shrimp Bay and Fire Cove, and the one thing that always came to mind as I followed my field leader up a steep cliff is that I hate blueberry bushes. The branches are great to help you climb, but they can also make it very difficult to move around especially going sideways on a cliff. Besides that it was a lot of fun, and I learned how to identify species of trees, measure diameter at breast height (DBH), and estimate the tree and merchant height. After work, our boatman/field leader had crab traps so we ate Dungeness crab almost every day. It was interesting to see what timber techs do for their job, and how valuable their data is. Next week is my final week in Ketchikan and, though it’s sad, I can’t wait to see what else is in store for me in the future.


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Madeline Lopez · August 25, 2016 at 7:11 am

I want to grow up to be a Timber Tech.

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