Making a Difference with Reforestation
Gabrielle Harden’s research experience in Africa changed her life
Gabrielle Harden, 28, came from Detroit, Michigan, to the University of Idaho for its forestry program and by her own sense of adventure. Through opportunities at the College of Natural Resources, she developed her leadership and research skills, including work in Togo, Africa, one of the most deforested countries in the world, an experience she says changed her life. After graduating, Harden hopes to find work in reforestation.
“I learned a lot about myself during my time at University of Idaho. I really came into who I truly am as a human being here.”
“I am really interested in reforestation and conservation. I love forests, and I want them to be around for future generations to enjoy.”
Harden took part in an undergraduate research experience with Assistant Professor Andrew Nelson during a reforestation project in Togo.
“I know that the work I did in Togo is helping a local community. It was such an honor to go over there.”
“Working as a CNR student ambassador really helped me develop my leadership skills and meet new people.”
Article by Sara Zaske, College of Natural Resources
Photography by Melissa Hartley, University Communications and Marketing
Published May 2019.