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Ames Forester

Abstract

I spent the summer of 1982 working for the U.S.F.S. in the Dillon Dist1-iCt Of the Arapaho National Forest in Colorado as a volunteer in their intern program. As an intern, I seemed to have the best of two worlds. I was treated as any other seasonal employee--I worked the same number of hours, had a specific job duty, and underwent the same training (fire fighting, chainsaw maintenance and safety, “free” to work with other specialists in the District, as time permitted. As a result, besides being intensely trained in the skills required by my job, I also acquired a general knowledge about the goals for the entire District which most other seasonal employees were not exposed to.

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