The Eastern Decision Support Consortium is a collaboration between the Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry and the USDA Forest Service at the Northern Research Station.
Program Co-Chair: Dr. Chadwick Oliver
Program Co-Chair: Dr. Mark Twery
Forests provide numerous benefits, ranging from settings for recreation opportunities through wood products to habitat for a wide range of plants and animals. In the eastern United States, nearly 90% of the forests that provide these benefits are privately owned. Demands upon these forests, including the National Forests, are intensifying. Sustainable stewardship of these benefits requires private forest owners and public land managers to assimilate and mobilize vast amounts of information, and requires scientists to find ways to communicate research results to literally millions of landowners. Because of recent advances in computer technology and the graphic arts, computer simulation and visualization have the potential to become powerful tools for forestry analysis, education, and communication. The ultimate products from improved use of these technologies - Decision Support Tools (DST) - are improved management of forests and better conditions on the land.
The mission of the Eastern Decision Support Consortium is to increase the ability of these tools to reach their potential to improve the health of eastern forests by:
Combining the US Forest Service and Yale's academic and research expertise with the practical experience of private sector leaders, we bring a large forest ecosystem modeling and decision support community together to further develop innovative strategies and solutions to quantiative forest management, while promoting interdisciplinary assessments of the future course for decision support. Our research, virtual seminars, and publications provide practicioners and the public with topical, scientifically-based information. As part of the School's curriculum, we offer courses, seminars, and workshops, for students and managers and for public awareness. Mid-career courses and off-campus workshops in available spatial and non-spatial decision support tools are offered as part of the Eastern Decision Support Consortium mandate.
The consortium is currently located in the Greeley Laboratory, 370 Prospect Street. There are numerous opportunities for students and the public to be involved with the research taking place through this program.