Andrea Horvath, RFFI Forest
Andrea Horvath was recently promoted to the position of Forest Conservation Specialist for the Usal Redwood Forest Company (URFC). She transitioned from her Redwood Forest Foundation (RFFI) position as Executive Assistant where her impressive computer, graphic design, social media and organizational skill made her invaluable. She now has become an essential member of the new forestry team at URFC. In her new position, Andrea is responsible for Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping, field monitoring for communications, and URFC’s conservation easement and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification, Timber Harvest Plan development, contractor URFC administration. She looks forward to spending more time working on restoration and monitoring in the Usal Redwood Forest.
Mark Welther, RFFI and URFC President & CEO, states, "We are excited to have Andrea as a key member of our new forestry team. Her understanding of forest mapping systems is invaluable and her career interest in habitat restoration is an encouraging sign for the future of our forests."
While earning a B.A. in Environmental Studies at the University California, Santa Cruz, Andrea worked as a research assistant on the university's Forest Ecology Research Plot (FERP). In this position, she studied trees and other woody plants in a mapped forest plot. She established a monitoring program for amphibians and reptiles on the FERP that will be used for many years. She also worked as an Interpretive Intern at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and as a Utility Forester for
Andrea's love of redwoods began as a child when her family frequently took her camping at Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Her passion for redwood forest ecology and environmental and social responsibility drives her devotion to maintaining and improving the health of the Usal Redwood Forest ecosystem.