ENV 695a () / 2022-2023

Yale Forest Forum Series: (Re)Considering Planted Forests for the 21st Century

Credits: 1
Fall 2022: Tu, 11:30-12:50, Marsh Classroom

The Forest School at the Yale School of Environment has developed a new seminar for fall 2023 in collaboration with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, The Forests Dialogue and the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale. The series will focus on (Re)Considering intensively managed planted forests for the 21st Century, drawing on a wide range of  perspectives and experiences from around the world.

Planted forests, including tree plantations established for wood production, continue to grow in both extent and significance. Tree plantations currently provide almost half of the world’s industrial wood, a proportion expected to increase significantly in coming decades. They also have great potential to deliver environmental services and social benefits. However, many aspects of tree plantations have been and remain controversial, with concerns that associated environmental and social costs often outweigh economic and other benefits. The seminar is guest lecture/discussion based and will include a weekly public webinar hosted by the Yale Forest Forum (YFF).

This seminar is the third in a four-seminar series focused on the Future Role of Forest Products in a Changing Climate. The first in the series covered issues related to Mass Timber; the second was on bioenergy. The fourth seminar in the series will cover Pulp and Paper. The seminar will bring in a wide range of experts to discuss the future role of intensively managed planted forests (IMPF) in addressing urgent needs/changes related to climate, resource, societal and environmental challenges at regional and global scales.
Guest speakers will represent forestry, industry, conservation, communities, and climate science. Speakers will describe their personal and organizational experience with IMPF, and discuss the environmental, economic, and societal implications for increased development IMPFs for the plantations sector, forest products industry and society.