The Forest School

For Practitioners and Land Stewards

As a hub for researchers and practitioners in forest-related fields worldwide, TFS brings together cross-disciplinary research in science and practice to find solutions to the challenges that face the world’s forests today, offering several programs for practitioners and land stewards.

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    Yale Forests Quiet Corner Initiative (QCI)

    Sustainably managed, Yale Forests comprise 10,880 acres of forestland in Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont and are an extensive resource for local landowners and communities as well as researchers and students. TFS’s Quiet Corner Initiative (QCI) provides programing to help improve stewardship of sustainable lands, now amounting to more than 10,000 acres.

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    Certificate Programs

    ELTI On the Ground Training

    In its role in helping to restore and conserve human-dominated landscapes in the tropics, ELTI offers field-based training on a range of themes and diversity of landscapes to people who influence or directly manage landscapes, including those who come from the public, private, and non-profit sector in academia, agriculture, energy, and tourism as well as indigenous communities.

    ELTI Field Training Program
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    ELTI Online Certificate Program

    Participants in this yearlong program learn to design, implement, and monitor effective conservation and restoration initiatives in the tropics that support ecosystem functioning, climate change mitigation and adaptation, food security, and economic growth opportunities.

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    ELTI Tropical Resources Library

    ELTI Tropical Restoration Library

    This is a multidisciplinary resource to support restoration training, research, and implementation around the world to restore forest landscapes. It provides guides, case studies, and literature on the tropics.

    Restoration Resources
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    The Forest Dialogue Guides

    TFD offers two guides to stakeholder engagement, one focusing on the Land Use Dialogues and another that is a comprehensive guide to implement multi-stakeholder dialogue. The Land Use guide is, which is available in four languages, shares TFD’s approach to theory in the field and stages of decision-making. The Land Use guide is for academics and practitioners alike who are looking to deepen their knowledge around the challenges and promises of dialogue to support a landscape approach in practice.

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    Urban Resources Initiative

    A program of the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology, URI provides field opportunities for students working with diverse interests in New Haven. It is guided by a local board of directors and works with local New Haven community groups and residents to replant, restore, and reclaim the urban environment.

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