Worksheet 2: Essay Analysis

Read the essay "A New Profession Takes Seed" to answer the questions below.

  1. Why was there a need for a profession of forestry at the beginning of the 20th century?
  2. How has the Forest Service changed from its beginning in 1905 to present-day?
  3. When the government decided to create forest reserves in 1891 what needed to be done to ensure this land was managed properly?
  4. Describe the changes Gifford Pinchot made to the government agency created to manage national forests.
  5. Based on figure 4 during what period of time did the biggest increase in employees of the Forest Service occur? Why do you think this was the case?
  6. What were some of the actions early conservationists took to alert the public to the devastating effects of development on the environment?
  7. What role did industry play in the prevention of the timber famine predicted by early conservationists?
  8. Besides working for The U.S. Forest Service, or some other government agency, what are some other employment opportunities available for trained foresters?