The Yale Forest Forum (YFF) was established in 1994 by a diverse group of leaders in forestry to focus national attention on forest policy and management in the United States. The group convened the Seventh American Forest Congress to collaboratively develop and articuate a common vision of forest management to diverse stakeholders. The Yale Forest Forum is now the convening body of the Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry. Through YFF, the Institute holds events at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies involving stakeholders from all sectors.
The Global Institute's Yale Forest Forum Leadership Seminar Lunch Series is YFF's weekly gathering, providing opportunities to hear from leaders in forest management, conservation, or policy in an informal setting. Speakers come from a wide range of organizations and perspectives, including government, NGOs and businesses, working at scales from local to international.
Lunches take place Thursdays at noon, in Marsh Hall, 360 Prospect St. Food and beverages provided.
Tax Policies and Family Forest Owners
A forum exploring the impacts of national, state, and local tax policies on family forest owners and the opportunities for enhancing forest conservation through policy improvements.
The Future of Maine's North Woods
A forum exploring pressing issues for the North Woods.
Incentives for Forestland Conservation in Connecticut
A summary of a forum and workshop exploring the effectiveness of Connecticut's tax incentive programs for forestland conservation.
Participatory Approaches to Ecological Restoration
A forum exploring participatory approaches to ecological restoration in rural communities of Mexico and Argentina.
Markets and Payments for Ecosystem Services
A forum and workshop exploring market mechanisms and payment systems for forest ecosystem services.
Wood as an Environmental Resource
A forum and workshop exploring the sustainable use of wood as an environmentally responsible choice.
Invasive Species and the Public Good
A forum and speaker series exploring the human and political dimensions of invasive species.
Sustaining Rural Communities and Forests
A forum and workshop exploring the links between rural communities and forest management.
Rural Communities and Forests
A forum and workshop exploring the rural community perspective of managing the forest environment.
Wildfire and Watersheds
A forum examining the effects of the Hayman fire from multiple environmental and societal perspectives.
More details from and the review of all past forums can be found here.