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.
All Panels from 4-5:30pm in Burke AuditoriumFree 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.
National Park Service Centennial: Urban Public Land Issues
Adam ParrisExecutive DirectorScience and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay
Michael MendezJames & Mary Pinchot Faculty FellowYale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Kate Bickert '95 M.E.S.Director of Park Initiatives & StewardshipGolden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Nina RobertsProfessor, Department of Recreation, Parks, and TourismSan Francisco State University
Colleen Murphy-DunningDirector, Urban Resources InitiativeDirector, Hixon CenterYale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Brad GentryAssociate Dean of Professional PracticeYale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Conflict and Cooperation: Energy Development on Public Lands
Jodi HiltyPresident and Chief ScientistYellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative
Dan Stonington '05 M.E.M.Executive DirectorNorthwest Natural Resource Group
Moderator - Organizer
Jim Lyons '79 M.F.Deputy Assistant SecretaryLand & Minerals ManagementU.S. Department Of the Interior
Mary Tyrrell '97 M.F.S.Executive DirectorGlobal Institute of Sustainable Forestry
Oswald SchmitzDirectorYale Institute for Biospheric StudiesOastler Professor of Population and Community EcologyYale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Who Are Public Lands For?
Sangita ChariDirectorOffice of Relevancy, Diversity and InclusionNational Park Service
Amy MarquisFounder and Co-DirectorNational Park Experience
Ned BlackhawkProfessor of History and American StudiesYale University
Stephen Pitti '91 B.A.DirectorCenter for the Study of Race, Indigeneity and Transnational MigrationProfessor of History & American StudiesYale UniversityMember, National Park System Advisory BoardChair, National Historic Landmarks CommitteeNational Park Service
Lisa Fernandez, '95 M.P.P.M.,'95 M.E.S.Associate DirectorYale Program on Climate Change Communication
Sara KuebbingPostdoctoral AssociateYale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Timothy Brown '15 M.E.Sc.Assistant EditorYale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Maclovia Quintana '11 B.A., '14 M.E.Sc.Assistant DirectorLa Casa Cultural HouseYale University