Student Assistants

The Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry offers student assistantships to Masters students each year. 

Katie Beechem is a student in the Master of Forestry program at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. After working for a summer on a trail crew in southern Oregon, Katie pursued a degree in biology from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD.  She became a member of the first class of Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteers in 2010, and later worked for three years with Baltimore County’s Forest Sustainability Program.



Rachel Plawecki is a second year Master of Forestry candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies focusing on domestic forest policy. She grew up outside Detroit, MI, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Economics and Policy from Michigan State University. As an undergraduate, she interned with National Association of State Foresters in Washington D.C. and Sustainable Northwest in Portland, OR.

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