The Forest School

Practice

As a hub for all things forestry, The Forest School (TFS) students, alumni, and faculty are having an impact across the U.S. and globally.

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    Impact Through Practice

    Environmental Leadership Training Initiative

    8,000+

    Participants

    ELTI has trained over 8,000 participants in tropical forest restoration across the globe.

    The Forests Dialogue

    75+

    Dialogues

    The Forests Dialogue has developed 20 different initiatives, convened 75+ dialogues, and engaged more than 3000 participants since 2000.

    Urban Resources Initiative

    200

    Bioswales

    Since 2013, URI teams have built about 200 bioswales in New Haven’s downtown and Hill neighborhood and completed maintenance on an additional 93 bioswales.

    Yale Forests

    10,777

    Acres of Forests

    Sustainably managed, Yale Forests comprise 10,777 acres of forestland in Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont and are an extensive resource for researchers and students as well as local landowners and communities

    Tropical Resources Institute

    644

    Fellows Funded

    Since 1983, TRI has funded 644 endowed fellowships for interdisciplinary, applied environmental research in the tropics in over 82 countries.

    Urban Resources Initiative

    9,747

    Street Trees Planted

    URI has planted 9,747 trees in New Haven through its GreenSkills program, Greenspace volunteers, and YSE volunteers.

    Alumni Practitioners

    Ki’ila Salas

    Restoring Belize’s Landscapes

    Ki’ila Salas ’19 MF returned to her home country of Belize to participate in its first landscape restoration initiative, helping to develop its National Landscape Restoration Strategy for the Belize Forest Department. The project is part of the country’s national restoration commitment to the Bonn Challenge, which has a global goal to bring 350 million hectares of degraded and deforested landscapes into restoration by 2030.

    “The project gave me great pride and joy in guiding the process of how the restoration strategies should be accomplished,” says Salas.

    Portrait of Nikola Alexandre

    Indigenous Restoration Approaches

    As co-founder and executive director of Shelterwood, Nikola Alexandre ’18 MF, MBA leads the restoration of a 900-acre forest in Northern California with Black and Indigenous community approaches to land care.

    His work creates partnerships with and between traditional conservation NGOs, Indigenous and racial justice organizations, government agencies, and private landowners to model socially just and ecologically sound pathways to protecting and restoring nature. In 2020, Alexandre was named a Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award candidate for his work.

    Hugh Brown under a canopy of bamboo

    Rehabilitating Ghana’s Forests

    As the director of operations for Ghana’s Forestry Commission, Hugh Brown ’10 MF oversees the country’s commercial forest plantation development and land restoration. About 450,000 hectares are being rehabilitated under his guidance.

    In 2020, Brown was given YSE’s Prospect Street Award, which recognizes a graduate of the last decade who has made a significant impact in their field. 

    “Landscape restoration,’’ says Brown, “ is a team sport.”

    Rich Guldin leaning against a tree in the forest

    Tracking Forest Inventory

    Richard Guldin ’76 MFS, ’79 PhD has helped reinvent the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program by integrating new sampling designs, field procedures, and innovative software to create an annual inventory that has become a global model. His work earned him the Society of American Foresters’ Sir William Schlich Award.

    Sarah Charlop-Powers receiving the Prospect Street Award

    Preserving and Restoring Urban Forests

    Sarah Charlop-Powers ’09 MEM is helping to preserve and restore critical urban forests in New York City and beyond. In 2012, she helped launch the Natural Areas Conservancy (NAC), which has partnered with NYC Parks to create the innovative Forest Management Framework that conducted field-based ecological assessments in the city. Its efforts recently expanded with a national survey distributed to 125 cities and organizations across the U.S. aimed at gaining a better understanding of how urban forests and natural areas are being managed.

    Focus on Centers, Programs, and Initiatives

    Marlyse Duguid teaching in the Yale-Myers Forest
    Centers & Programs

    Yale Forests

    Our homes away from home, the Yale Forests manage 10,777 acres of forestland that provide educational, research, and professional opportunities to the Yale community and beyond.

    Map of every street tree in New Haven
    Centers & Programs

    Urban Resources Initiative

    Making New Haven cleaner and greener, URI works with local partners to plant trees, restore community green spaces, and build bioswales to filter stormwater runoff.

    Fmers learning techniques to use silvopastoral systems
    Centers & Programs

    Environmental Leadership Training Initiative (ELTI)

    In critical natural landscapes rich in biodiversity, ELTI empowers local leaders to design and implement land use practices and initiatives that protect tropical forests and the livelihoods of local landowners and their communities.

    Map with more than 40 red pins across the globe marking Dialogue locations
    Centers & Programs

    The Forests Dialogue (TFD)

    The Forests Dialogue provides a platform for ongoing, multi-stakeholder conversations focused on collaborative solutions to challenges in achieving sustainable forest management and forest conservation.

    Tropical Resources Institute
    Centers & Programs

    Tropical Resources Institute (TRI)

    The Tropical Resources Institute supports student research and on-campus programming aimed at solutions to complex challenges within the conservation and management of tropical environments.

    Two foresters managing a controlled burn
    Centers & Programs

    Yale Forest Forum (YFF)

    The hub of communications and engagement for The Forest School, the Yale Forest Forum brings together a diverse group of leaders in forestry and forest policy through regular events and programs.

    Centers & Programs

    Hixon Center for Urban Ecology

    The Hixon Center provides an interdisciplinary forum for research, teaching, and outreach that improve our understanding and management of urban environmental systems.

    Centers & Programs

    Quiet Corner Initiative (QCI)

    Partnering with private landowners, natural resource managers, and forest industry professionals, the Quiet Corner Initiative provides students with unique educational and research opportunities in forestry and land management.


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