July 12 is “Forestry Engineer Day,” celebrating professionals working to rationally and sustainably manage forest resources. This date honors Saint John Gualbert, chosen by Pope Pius XIII as the Patron of Forest Workers and a forerunner of agrarian laws. The motto of “conserving and using wisely” is attributed to him and his disciples and guides the work of forest workers still today.
At IP, it is no different: forest management techniques are used that guarantee the quality and sustainability of the paper produced by the company. All work focuses on reducing waste to make the most out of planted forests. That is why growing techniques are essential.
“At IP, we have forest engineers working on operations, from production of seedlings to harvesting and factory supply. We also have forest engineers in the support areas, such as planning and inventory, geoprocessing, promotion and partnerships, research and development,” explains Renato Meulman, a Research and Development Coordinator who has been with International Paper for seven years.
Ele conta que as possibilidades de atuação do engenheiro florestal são múltiplas e não se restringem apenas ao manejo florestal. “Hoje temos engenheiros nas áreas de suprimentos e nas áreas fabris, para produção de celulose.”
To be successful in the profession – Yet what essential skills do professionals need to develop during their careers? According to Renato Meulman, it is fundamental that these workers enjoy working in the field and understand how to join the benefits that natural resources offer societies with environmental sustainability. These resources need to be used intelligently to ensure they are not exhausted in nature.
“My work involves developing new technologies for forestry operations as well as for machinery and equipment. I also need to guarantee that technical recommendations are correctly applied to maintain the quality of operations in planted forests,” he explains.
In Brazil the Forest Engineer profession is relatively new, dating to the 1960s. During these 50 years, a lot has changed and forest management techniques have evolved significantly with new technologies that have contributed to improving activities in the field.