Even before a devastating fire that destroyed the Yale Myers Forest camp
, Professor Mark Ashton
’85 M.F., ’90 Ph.D., Director of the Yale School Forests, described the story of the forest as one of “renewal, regrowth, and regeneration.”
As the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) unveils a rebuilt camp and new research center at the forest this semester that is particularly true.
The rebuilt camp, which was used by incoming students during this summer’s annual orientation, or MODs, in addition to a new research facility, will be open for viewing during the School Forests annual Harvest Festival
on Sept. 29.
The newly completed buildings pay homage to tradition by maintaining the look and feel of the old camp, with their iconic white clapboard siding, green trim, and green metal roofs. And there’s a field stone fireplace in the common room built largely from stones salvaged from the former structure.
But there are also several improvements to the camp, including a larger kitchen and common meeting space, redesigned bunk quarters, and a new classroom, complete with high speed WIFI. And critically, the rebuilt camp is safer. Buildings are spaced farther apart to reduce the spread of catastrophic fire, and a new alarm system connects the camp to both local fire stations and Yale officials in New Haven. The School Forest also hired a new part time caretaker, a Quiet Corner Initiative partner and neighbor to the forest, to help maintain and monitor the camp.