Portuguese Society of Forest Sciences
This page was previously all about the Portuguese Society of Forest Sciences (SPCF) which is intended to encourage the study and advancement of forest science and technology.
You will find information that will help with the understanding of the economic and social problems of forestry. As well as the production, processing and marketing of forest goods and services and how to promote and encourage cooperation between them and develop domestic and international exchange amongst organizations and specialities in this field .
Each morning when I wake up, I face a new challenge that usually requires hard work and dedication. This is my world and my work as a forestry officer.
The image of a forest, for many can evoke feelings of fright or fear, this is often rooted deeply in the subconscious from scary fairy stories heard in childhood such as Hansel and Gretel. The extensive tree cover, shade, insects and likelihood of wild and dangerous animals deep within a forest serve to heighten its aura of both mystery and danger.
On the other hand, there are people, like me, and especially my grandmother who just beat metastasis breast cancer, who find forests magical places. They can even be quite metaphorical for life.
I find, that as I walk through the various sections of the forest, I am challenged to become acquainted with each and every aspect. I take care of the young weaker plants that are overshadowed by large and tall trees. I can see which trees and plants are healthy or if any have a disease, a good clue to this is watching and identifying the myriad of insects and animals who find their home in this noble place.
Below is a typical scene in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada. This shot is illustrative of forestry activities in other parts of the world too. In the sides of this mountain valley, are patches of land that have been logged, replanted and regrown throughout the ages.
Forests can be deeply relaxing and also entertaining in their own unique way. The calmness and freshness of the air as you breathe in the tree-laden scent combined with the unique sounds of the plants, insects and animals, make the forest the perfect place to get in touch with the healing power of nature.
The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.
As blessed as I feel that I am to have my job, my daily duties in the forest do not only involve walking around the forest and enjoying the amazing, relaxing and rejuvenating environment.
A lot of time is spent planting trees and nurturing the seedlings until they are strong enough to grow on their own. This involves performing a lot of preparatory tasks, such as clearing the undergrowth and ensuring the conditions are right, before planting the seedling.
I feel grateful each time I see a seedling shoot and gradually grow up to eventually become a large tree that will house at least a couple of birds. I also trim and cut back shrubs and other ground cover to promote the healthy growth of the trees and thin out densely wooded areas, this often involves specialist tools to help me accomplish this.
Being an individual who loves the outdoors, I find the forest an extremely interesting place to be. Spending the best part of the day in the woods gives me immense satisfaction and each evening I stroll or ride back home, despite being exhausted, I feel exultant inside.
My days are spent walking through the forest from one end to the other and sometimes I have amazing encounters which are either thrilling, like seeing rare and beautiful birds, and sometimes rather scary like seeing a dangerous insect, such as a scorpion.
Personal health and fitness is an important aspect of my work and experience in forest work. To begin with, I need to stay fit and healthy to perform various and necessary jobs. Walking through forests, planting trees, trimming wooded shrubs are just a few of the tasks. These jobs can be physically demanding and not possible for individuals with poor health. I always ensure that I eat a balanced diet, use this special calculator for knowing my weight and how much to lose as well as attend constant check-ups to ensure that I am healthy.
Occasionally, and much to my delight, I will take a flight over the forest. When I take a flight either in a helicopter or a bush plane, I get the incredible opportunity of an aerial view of the forest. I see the amazing beauty below.
The way in which the trees are planned and grow gives me the ability to enjoy my own contributory works. I get the chance to truly appreciate the initiatives that I have put into practice and my dedication in maintaining healthy forests. I also get the chance to identify places that are quite wooded, bushy and unmaintained so that I can attend to them appropriately.
The final part of my work deals with harvesting trees and delivering them to saw mills. This is a task that I enjoy undertaking and before harvesting is done, I mark and measure the trees that are destined to be cut so that young trees are not affected.
Once the trees have been cut, I often drive and deliver them to the local saw mills. This also gives me the chance to pick up a few large wood chunks, for my hobby which is wood carving, and keep them in my wood shop.
Thus, despite some of the challenges that I face in my job, my forest experience is generally congenial!