Meet Vince Kambitsis
Meet Vince Kambitsis, Steigerwaldt’s Assistant Project Forester. Vince helps landowners reach a variety of goals for their property. This includes timber sale setup and administration, timber inventories, writing MFL plans, site visits with landowners, and providing consulting advice. Vince holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from The University of Wisconsin – Stevens Points. Vince’s duties also include monitoring road conditions, overseeing red pine planting operations in the spring, and working on the tree farm during harvest season.
We sat down with Vince and asked him to give us a brief look into his journey to becoming part of the Steigerwaldt team.
What is your professional background?
I gained experience working for two forestry consultants in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Central WI as a part-time employee. I joined the Steigerwaldt team in 2017 as an intern, which led to a full-time job in the beginning of 2018 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Why are you passionate about this field?
Because of the ecological and recreational benefits that quality natural resource management provides to forest, soil, water, and wildlife resources.
Why do you enjoy working at Steigerwaldt?
I enjoy working with my team members and traveling across the country to remote locations. I enjoy seeing timber sales through from start to finish and educating landowners about forest management and the multiple benefits that come with it.
Since you’ve worked here, how has the industry changed?
Advancements in technology have been the biggest industry change since I’ve worked here. It gives us the ability to become more effective and efficient in the field to provide our clients with a quality product.
What industry changes are you most excited about?
Further advancements in mapping and data collection technology will provide more efficiencies for natural resource managers. I am also excited about advancements in the carbon offset programs.
What’s your favorite tree and why?
My favorite tree is Sugar Maple because maple syrup is my favorite forest product to consume.
What would you do with 10 acres?
I would build a small house, create food plots, and plant the rest of it with red pine.
Where do you like to go on vacation?
Anywhere along the shores of Lake Michigan or Lake Superior. I love the variety of fishing opportunities they both provide and the beautiful sunrises and sunsets.