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A state forester is the state government employee who oversees and manages the forestry agency, department, or division in their state. Sometimes the forestry department is a stand-alone agency. In other states, forestry falls under the hierarchy of a department of agriculture, conservation or other natural resources agency. Some state forestry agencies are part of a university system.

State forestry agencies manage forests and operate timber sale programs; provide fire control, prevention, protection and fuels management; provide landowner assistance and outreach; engage in forest health and invasive species activities; offer conservation education; manage urban and community forestry efforts; and have oversight for compliance, regulatory, monitoring, and policy development activities related to natural resource management.

Though primarily responsible for forests on state and privately owned lands, state foresters work with their federal agency partners such as the USDA Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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