Imre Vasale, summer forestry intern

Meet Imri Vasale, Summer Forestry Intern

The Redwood Forest Foundation (RFFI) and the Usal Redwood Forest Co (URFC) are pleased to announce Imri Vasale has joined our team as our first summer forestry intern. URFC established the intern program to give students hands on field experience in a wide range of task. Imri will work with the URFC forestry staff laying out timber harvest plans and fuel reduction projects, conducting timber inventories, and gain experience with our GIS data management. In addition, he will get exposure to our forest and watershed restoration projects and network with other resource management specialists.

Imri is pursuing a B.S. in forestry at Humboldt State University (HSU), with a concentration in resource conservation. Growing up as a teenager in Sonoma County led to exploring the undeveloped landscapes of the north coast. After graduating from high school in 2010, he pursued botanical illustration and farming. Then in 2015, Imri took an introductory forestry class at Santa Rosa Junior College and immediately knew he had found his calling. The appeal was its marriage of science, economics, application, and societal responsibility. Upon reading Richard Preston’s The Wild Trees, which chronicles the early endeavors to find the superlatives of the coastal redwood forests in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, Imri had his eyes set on attending HSU. He transferred to Humboldt State in August of 2017 and expects to graduate in 2020.

Linwood Gill, Chief Forester, states, “After interviewing numerous qualified candidates, Imri’s passion for knowledge and ability to ask the tough questions made him the perfect addition to our team. We are very happy to have him join URFC this summer as our first student intern.”

In summer 2018, Imri worked as a forestry apprentice under Redwoods Rising, a collaboration between Save The Redwoods League and Redwood National and State Parks focused on large-scale restorative efforts. He looks forward to gaining further field and technical experience as our URFC forestry intern this summer. He is particularly excited to gain firsthand experience with the THP layout process, and seeing the application of multiage silvicultural prescriptions.

His central goals have been defined by maintaining a strong sense of place. He holds the belief that seeking comfort, invigoration, and subsistence from the land creates an anchoring sensation, thereby breeding good stewardship. As a developing student of forestry, he is exploring many potential avenues. He is currently interested in the incorporation of non-timber forest products into management systems.

Imri has been an avid surfer for most of his life and has recently taken up playing old-time string band music. When asked about his new internship opportunity, Imri responded, ““I feel privileged to participate in the first year of the summer forestry internship program for USAL Redwood Forest Company. I am both excited to work for and learn from an organization driven by an adaptive management plan that seeks to rehabilitate stands that have long been strained by industrial practices. I admire RFFI’s commitment to community, their recognition of non-market forest values, and steps made toward addressing climate change in the Redwood Region.”