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Benjamin Roe

Recently received Master's Degrees
Ben Roe, a research assistant with CINTRAFOR since the fall of 2012, recently completed a demanding concurrent master’s degree program and graduated with a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Science in Forest Resources. His research primarily focused on the impacts of trade policies which attempt to restrict the trade of illegally harvested timber and involved interviewing wood products manufacturers in Vietnam to determine their awareness and attitudes towards timber legality regulations.

During the course of his studies at the University of Washington, Ben completed two summer internships. The first summer he worked in Lassen National Forest as a silviculture intern with the US Forest Service located in the remote ponderosa pine forests of Lassen’s high volcanic mountains inspecting timber stand improvement projects. The following summer he worked with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in Jakarta, Indonesia on a project designed to strengthen collaboration between universities in Indonesia and the United States. During his internship he visited a USAID forest restoration project aimed at restoring illegal oil palm plantations back to tropical rainforest within the Leuser National Park.

Prior to his arrival at the University of Washington, Ben received his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he studied abroad at both the Copenhagen Business School and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Following his undergraduate studies, Ben served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria where he worked in partnership with the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds, a local NGO dedicated to wildlife conservation. As part of his work Ben wrote grant proposals and played an active role in an EU project which carried out collaborative land-use planning between government agencies, NGOs and local communities in Bulgaria and Romania. He also taught classes at local schools about environmental education and organized a scouts group which went on camping trips in the beautiful region of Bulgaria along the Danube.

Having completed his studies at the University of Washington, Ben has been hired to work as a pre-sales forester with the Quinault Indian Nation in Tahola, Washington. In his job Ben will gain hands-on forestry experience working in the temperate rainforest of the Olympic Peninsula. He is looking forward to learning the skills to effectively manage timber harvests as a member of an interdisciplinary team, working to balance economic goals with environmentally sustainable forest management practices. His job will allow Ben to develop a better understanding of tribal forestry, experience the rich cultural heritage of the Quinault Nation and broaden his experience in implementing environmental policies that support sustainable forest management practices.