2014 Course Descriptions

Overview: Your Two Weeks in the US

On your day of arrival, Ms. Marek will provide an overview of the schedule, field trips, local restaurants, and a list of essentials during your two-week stay in the US.
Lecturer: Nancy Marek

Overview of US forests - public and private

The majority of forested land in the eastern United States, approximately sixty percent, is owned by the private sector. Thirty percent belong to the federal government, with state and local governments holding the remaining ten. Ms. Tyrrell explains how ownership of US forests evolved and the challenges facing the private forest owner today.  
Lecturer: Mary Tyrrell

Introduction of the officers and where they work

This informal session gives each officer a chance to introduce himself and say a little about his work at the IFS.
Lecturer: Mary Tyrrell

Forest Restoration & Rehabilitation

Degraded forest landscapes usually exist in a complex mosaic that is constantly changing. Each of these conditions has characteristics that must be taken into account when developing restoration strategies. The course begins with conceptual aspects related to landscape degradation followed by tools and strategies that can be generally applied towards restoration or rehabilitation goals. Specific case studies will be discussed. The socioeconomic aspects, as well as environmental services, are also given consideration in the context of ecological restoration projects. The half-day long session will include readings, presentations, and small group exercises.
Lecturer: Mark Ashton

Global Issues and Perspectives

This three day module begins with a review of forest types and forest management practices from around the world.  On day one, students will be introduced to a computer program called the Landscape Management System (LMS). LMS can predict the effects on ecosystem services at the landscape level when single or multiple conditions are applied.  The class will be divided up into teams with a full day devoted to learning how to operate this program followed by a group presentation on the last day.
Lecturer: Chad Oliver

Urban Forestry

City trees are important components to any urban landscape.  As Director of the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology, Ms Murphy-Dunning discusses restoring urban areas throughout the city of New Haven to more natural systems while fostering a sense of land stewardship amongst its residents.
Lecturer: Colleen Murphy-Dunning

Forest Management for Multiple Values

Professor Oliver continues instruction on the LMS program using a combination of lecture and coached exercises. Assignments for the final presentation will be given out during this time.
Lecturer: Chad Oliver

Policy, Governance, and Certification

What are the key forestry challenges in India?  What about the United States and the rest of the world? Complex issues surround how governing bodies make decisions about the environment on an international level. Talking about the problems will be the first step to this all day session. The question of which institutions, whether local, domestic, global or non-state, would be most effective in resolving international environmental problems will be addressed during the second half of this session.  Group presentations and a roundtable discussion mark the closing of the module.
Lecturer: Ben Cashore

Yale-Myers Forest (Field Trip)

The Yale School Forest system holds eight tracts of land comprising 4402 ha. Professor Mark Ashton is the Director of the School Forests with students being responsible for all management. Yale-Myers is the largest parcel, 3213 ha, in this forest system covering four towns - Ashford, Eastford, Union, and Woodstock – throughout Connecticut. This all day field trip includes a visit to 1) Red Front Lot, demonstrating guidelines for small-holder management, 2) Tree Heaven, an area introducing natural forest management of mixed species forests, and 3) a member of Yale’s Quiet Corner Initiative, a  new forest conservation collaborative involving landowners surrounding Yale-Myers Forest.
Lecturer: Mark Ashton

Forests & Economics

Professor Alavalapati, once an Indian Forest Service Officer from the state of Andhra Pradesh, explores market solutions to problems in natural resources, energy, and the environment. The role of economics in sustainable forest management will be a key objective along with reviewing economic analyses conducted for forestry decision-making. Selected case studies from agroforestry practices and forest bioenergy projects will be highlighted. A group exercise will end the morning session.
Lecturer: Janaki Alavalpati

Ecosystem Services

Ms Spalding, founder and Managing Partner of Working Lands LLC, will discuss land management and investment companies specializing in ecosystem services and land conservation.
Lecturer: Deborah Spalding

Community Forestry Panel

Professor Doolittle will moderate a panel discussion about social forestry in action. The panel includes five Yale FES researchers: Erica Pohnan, who is doing a comparative study of community forestry in Thailand and the Philippines; Shereen D'Souza who is working on a REDD project with farmers in Kenya; Stephen Brooks who is working with community managing mangroves in Indonesia; Alaine Ball, whose project is in Brazil on traditionally managed fallows in protected areas; and Alicia Calle, who has worked on agro-silvo-pastoral systems in Columbia and Panama. Each of them will present their research with a general question and answer session to follow.
Lecturer: Amity Doolittle

Tying Policy to Management & Presentations

Professor Oliver will speak briefly about policy alternatives. The highlight of the afternoon, however, will be the final group presentations.
Lecturer: Chad Oliver

Fisher Museum at Harvard Forest (Dioramas) + Challenges in Water Management

Professor Paul Barten studies the hydrological effects of forest management. This all day lecture on forests and water begins with a tour of the Harvard Forest Dioramas: a series of three-dimensional models capturing land use change and forest management, in miniature form, through one New England town from 1700 to the present day. Clarisse Hart and Prof. Barten will be your tour guides through the forests of yesteryear. Dr. Emery Boose will then present findings from Harvard Forest’s hydrological research and take the group outside to visit their Long Term Ecological Research field sites. Prof. Barten closes the day with a discussion and group exercise on forest management and water.
Lecturers: Paul Barten, Emery Boose, & Clarisse Hart

White Mountain National Forest (Field Trip)

This three-day module begins with an overview presentation on what a National Forest is and how it serves the people. The White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) is over 323,000 ha with six Congressionally-designated Wilderness areas, 4856 ha of wetlands, 1931 km of hiking trails, and 35 watersheds. Established in 1918, the WMNF cuts across an intersection of two forest types, the Spruce-Fir and the Northern hardwoods. Experts from the Forest Service will illustrate through lecture and many, many field trips how WMNF is managed for multiple uses such as timber, wildlife habitat, recreation, clean water, and forest products. Topics on wildlife/human encounters, current issues, and FS Research also play a part throughout this three day event.
Lecturer: WMNF Staff

New York Botanical Garden (Field Trip)

The final day of the program includes two field trips to some of the most popular destinations in Bronx, New York: The New York Botanical Garden and the Bronx Zoo. This morning session includes a tram tour of the 250 acre garden followed by a guided walking tour of their Native Forest.
Lecturer: NYBG Staff

Bronx Zoo & Wildlife Conservation Society (Field Trip)

Dr. Peter Clyne, Deputy Director for the WCS-Asia Program, will discuss wildlife conservation efforts in India and elsewhere across South Asia.
Lecturer: Dr. Peter Clyne, WCS