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Chapter 2, Section 1:
Forestry includes rural and urban work - creating and preserving trees. The forests of the Southwest, generally in the mountainous regions, protect surface and groundwater sources. There is no substitute for this forest protection of watersheds, for careless logging practices can destroy streams and the creatures that depend upon them. Forests that are commercially logged for the wood products industry need to be carefully managed and regulated for the benefit of the greater ecosystem. Forestry also embraces specialized fields of study like insect science (entomology), silviculture, forest hydrology soils, planning, ecology and fire management. In recent years, foresters have become educators and interpreters of the forest system to interested users. Other foresters conduct research into forest growth and the relationships among forest inhabitants. The American Indian Forestry Program at Northern Arizona University offers degrees based on the study of indigenous forest management practices. Range managers seek to regulate the balance of life on fragile meadows, prairies and deserts. Many of these range areas have been harmed by unregulated use, and restoration of native species and a healthy, natural balance is the principal goal of American Indian range managers.
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