A Century of American Conservation

To mark the centennial of the U.S. National Park Service, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies is celebrating the legacy of the American conservation movement and looking ahead to the conservation challenges of the next century.

Panel Discussions

All Panels from 4-5:30pm in Burke Auditorium Free and Open to the Public — Light Reception to Follow

About this Series

In 1916, the U.S. Congress created the National Park Service, a first-of-its-kind institution dedicated to managing and protecting the nation's most extraordinary places for the enjoyment of everyone. The service was just one piece in a revolutionary conservation movement fueled by a novel notion that some parks, reserves, and forests should remain in the public hands and be managed for the long term. And from those earliest days Yale has played a key role.

Indeed, it was no coincidence that in the early 20th century, the nation's first Forest Chief, Gifford Pinchot, decided to establish a school of forestry on the campus of his alma mater, laying the foundation for what has become one of the world's premier environmental schools. In the decades since, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies has pioneered efforts to bring focus to these conservation issues, trained resource management professionals who have been entrusted with managing these national resources, and promoted solutions to the challenges they face.

This fall the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies will celebrate the centennial of the National Parks and the roles played by members of the Yale community in shaping the first century of American conservation. In a series of discussions — titled "A Century of American Conservation: Reinvesting in the Stewardship of our National Parks, Public Lands, and Natural Resource Legacy" — a range of practitioners, researchers and thought leaders will discuss the challenges and opportunities for building on efforts to preserve, protect, and restore the nation's natural resource legacy.

The School will also host an exhibition of American West reproduced artifacts from the Yale Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Panel One

September 14
National Park Service Centennial: Urban Public Land Issues
Adam Parris Executive Director Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay
Michael Mendez James & Mary Pinchot Faculty Fellow Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Kate Bickert '95 M.E.S. Director of Park Initiatives & Stewardship Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Nina Roberts Professor, Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism San Francisco State University

Colleen Murphy-Dunning Director, Urban Resources Initiative Director, Hixon Center Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Brad Gentry Associate Dean of Professional Practice Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
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Panel Two

September 28
Conflict and Cooperation: Energy Development on Public Lands
Brandi Colander '07 M.E.M. Associate Vice President Natural Resources and Energy National Wildlife Federation
Monika Ehrman '14 LL.M. Associate Professor of Law University of Oklahoma  
Kathleen Staks Assistant Director for Energy Colorado Department of Natural Resources  
Michael Saul Senior Attorney Public Lands Program Center for Biological Diversity

Lisa Dale Director Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy
Josh Galperin '09 M.E.M. Director Environmental Protection Clinic
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Panel Three

October 12
Redefining Conservation in the 21 Century
Karen Hardigg '03 M.E.M Director Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition   Special Initiatives Coordinator Wallowa Resources
Jodi Hilty President and Chief Scientist Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative      
Dan Stonington '05 M.E.M. Executive Director Northwest Natural Resource Group  
Moderator - Organizer
Jim Lyons '79 M.F. Deputy Assistant Secretary Land & Minerals Management U.S. Department Of the Interior

Mary Tyrrell '97 M.F.S. Executive Director Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry    
Oswald Schmitz Director Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies   Oastler Professor of Population and Community Ecology Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
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Panel Four

October 27
Who Are Public Lands For?
Sangita Chari Director Office of Relevancy, Diversity and Inclusion National Park Service
Amy Marquis Founder and Co-Director National Park Experience  
Ned Blackhawk Professor of History and American Studies Yale University  
Stephen Pitti '91 B.A. Director Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity and Transnational Migration Professor of History & American Studies Yale University   Member, National Park System Advisory Board Chair, National Historic Landmarks Committee National Park Service

Lisa Fernandez, '95 M.P.P.M.,'95 M.E.S. Associate Director Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
Sara Kuebbing Postdoctoral Associate Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Timothy Brown '15 M.E.Sc. Assistant Editor Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Maclovia Quintana '11 B.A., '14 M.E.Sc. Assistant Director La Casa Cultural House Yale University
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Burke Auditorium

Burke Auditorium is on the 3rd floor of Kroon Hall on the campus of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. The address for Kroon Hall is 195 Prospect Street, New Haven CT.