ENV 695a () / 2023-2024
Yale Forest Forum Series: Understanding Climate Smart Forestry in Practice
Fall 2023: M, 12:00-2:00, Marsh Rotunda/Classroom
The seminar will explore questions like:
· How can forests be managed to be resistant to fires, storms, pests, and other acute risks that are exacerbated by climate change?
· What are the tradeoffs between managing forests for climate adaptation, climate mitigation, and other goals for producing goods and services and protecting ecological health?
· How can CSF help keep communities safe and resilient and provide economic opportunities?
· How do policies and markets influence CSF and its outcomes?
· How are public forests being managed in a “climate smart” fashion? Is climate smart forestry different on public and private land?
· How can incorporation of Indigenous knowledge and community connections to land improve outcomes for forests in a time of changing climate?
The guest lecture-based seminar series will draw on a wide range of perspectives and experiences. This course will primarily focus on forest practices in the United States, though its lessons may apply to forests around the world. We will hear from speakers from public sector organizations like the U. S. Forest Service, nonprofits like the Nature Conservancy and New England Forestry Foundation, researchers and academics from across the country, as well as practitioners “on-the-ground.”