FAQ What is the Difference Between a Forester and a Logger??

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FAQ  What is the Difference Between a Forester and a Logger??Forest

  This is a question that we are not asked often enough; unfortunately far too many assume that Foresters and Loggers are the same.



  A logger is someone who harvests trees for a living.

  A good logger does know a lot about how a forest grows, which trees are growing well, and the relative value of the trees they are harvesting.

forest  A good logger also knows how to harvest these trees safely, remove them without harming the surrounding trees, and how to make enough profit to maintain a business.

  Beyond this many rely on Foresters to do most of the determination of which forests need harvesting, which individual trees need to be harvested, and the best plan for harvesting the forest.



  In the Forestry Profession we spend most of our time measuring, planning and advising.

  A Forester will seldom use a chainsaw, rather their tools center more on tree measurement tools and computers.

  A Forester must have a BS or MS degree from a university that is accredited by the Society of American Foresters.

  In college a Forester studies many things designed to make them proficient at managing your forest to meet the needs of the Land, Forest and the Landowner.

forest  Including;

  •   Silviculture, to help us to know what makes each tree grow well, and the relationships between the types of trees.
  •   Forest Ecology, Wildlife Management, Soil Science, Hydrology, and other topics to help to make the forest a well-balanced ecosystem to meet the needs of all who benefit from it.
  •   Surveying, it is important to know who's forest you are on, especially if you are marking trees for harvest.
  •   Economics, Management and Finance are also studied in order to enable your Forester to not just manage the forest but also to manage your financial interests involved in this important asset.

   Most Foresters are also members of the Society of American Foresters or the Association of Consulting Foresters, both of which require their members to follow strict ethical cannons designed to protect the forest and the Foresters client.


  Synergy between the two

  Most Forestry firms will avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest by never mixing the two professions.

  However it is necessary to have loggers involved in order to manage the forest, since most forest management involves some sort of well-designed harvesting to manipulate which trees grow where and when.

  A forester will do this by setting up the timber sale with a good plan, marking which trees will be harvested, bidding the job out to a pool of loggers, and then monitoring the project to make sure that all of the contract specifications are met to the satisfaction of the landowner (acting as the landowners Agent).


foresters  Watch for Mixing

  Sometimes a Logger will market themself as a Forester without meeting the qualifications of being a Forester, this is Fraud.

  Other times a Logging firm will hire in house foresters, sometimes because they want to do a better job for the forest and other times, just as a marketing ploy to get landowners to sell them trees without hiring an independent Forester.

  Even if the logger does have a real Forester on staff it is in the landowners best interest to hire their own Forester, just like when getting into any other large contract it best to have your own attorney rather than relying on the attorney that the other party hired.


If you would like to learn more, give me a call.

Comments (28)

Elise Harron
Dirt Road Real Estate - Kingman, AZ
Rural Vacant Land and Development Specialist

Hey BOB - LOVE the education - Thanks!!!!   Can you tell me how I find either a Forester or a Logger in a region like NV or AZ?

Jun 27, 2013 11:27 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Pleasant and informative post...thank you bob and well done

Jun 27, 2013 11:41 PM
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

I never knew there was such regulation in the field. Good post!

Jun 27, 2013 11:56 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I have said it in the past, I know, but darn, you did it again!  I learned something new AGAIN from you!  Great post and worthy of the feature!

Jun 28, 2013 12:12 AM
Roger Stensland
Keller Williams Realty Puget Sound - Maple Valley, WA
Let's Move!

When I worked at Weyerhaeuser, we had foresters and loggers.  The foresters managed the forests and told the loggers where and how to log.  We usually clear-cut and re-planted in the spring.  Not too much science in the way that they did it as complete forests were replaced.  We only planted douglas fir or noble fir at the higher altitudes.  We never planted any of the natural hardwoods.

Jun 28, 2013 12:16 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Thanks for explaining the difference between the two. Be nice to be in great outdoors all day

Jun 28, 2013 12:32 AM
Sara Miniman
Weichert, Realtors - Bedminster, NJ
Weichert Realtors NJ

I had no idea there was a difference!  Thank you for opening my eyes! :-)

Jun 28, 2013 02:07 AM
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

This has been an intersting post to read.  I learned a lot.  It was well written too.  Thanks for the info, as I love learning something new every day.  Good one.

Jun 28, 2013 03:42 AM
Tracy Lee Parker

Refreshing read here on the rain! Your photos are beautiful too. I am too used to Texas flat land !

Jun 28, 2013 06:11 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Bob, this is a wonderful crash course about the Logging Industry.  I hope I used the correct term for the industry as a whole!

Jun 28, 2013 06:25 AM
Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

I know very little about this subject but enjoyed your informative blog.  This is great for us to be able to learn about the logging industry.


Jun 28, 2013 07:26 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Bob - Well, I knew you weren't a logger, and I had a general idea of what you do from reading your posts, but thanks for the more complete explanation. I'd say your job is also a lot more fun - years ago, I had some logger friends, and their work was hard, dangerous and dirty, and didn't pay nearly enough.

Jun 28, 2013 07:39 AM
Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate
RE-MAX Gateway- Residential Real Estate Sales - Anacortes, WA
Anacortes & surrounding Skagit & Island Counties

Hi bob, never knew these was these two professions. Kind of like Buyers and Sellers agents. Not good to be both on the same deal.

Jun 28, 2013 07:48 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have seen some great loggers and I have seen many who just come in to rape the land.

Jun 28, 2013 07:52 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Bob, closest I came to thinking about the topic today - Loggers and Foresters, is when we drove through the Redwoods in California years and years ago. Thank you for teaching me something new. Seems this is something very important to our planet.

Jun 28, 2013 10:45 AM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Bob, we have many tree farms in our area of Florida and I met a young lady who was a Forester, graduate of University of Florida. thanks for clarifying the difference.

Jul 01, 2013 09:32 AM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Bob-Since I live in a semi desert region I find your explanations a good way to improve my knowledge. Thanks.

Nov 24, 2013 02:28 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Bob Crane - Now I know the difference between a logger and a forester!  Thanks for sharing this info. 

Oct 17, 2016 09:23 PM
Brian DeYoung
also affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Heritage Realty - Ithaca, NY
The Realtor with personal investment background

Thank you. I have friends who have logged, and I had heard of both trades, but could not answer the question. Now I have an idea, and I am glad to make your acquaintance.

Jan 28, 2017 05:34 PM
The Woodland Team of Texas
The Woodland Companies - Austin, TX
Land Specialists

Hi Bob, I am enjoying going through some of your early blog posts and reposts and getting ready to start doing some posts myself soon.

Feb 21, 2019 08:25 PM