The Yale Forest Forum

The Yale Forest Forum is the events and outreach hub of The Forest School at the Yale School of the Environment. YFF serves as a forum for engagement, learning, and collaboration on the most pressing topics and challenges related to forests and forest landscapes today. YFF hosts the longest continuously running guest lecture series at the Yale School of the Environment, the YFF Speaker Series, now offered online and free to the public. Speakers come from a wide range of organizations and perspectives, including government, Indigenous peoples and local communities, NGOs and businesses, working at scales from the local to international. Learnings from the YFF series are published in the YFF Review.
 


YFF SPRING 2023 SPEAKER SERIES:

We are happy to announce our spring YFF speaker series, offered weekly January-April 2023:

Smallholder Planted Forests and Trees for Climate, Restored Landscapes, and Livelihoods

Tuesdays from January 17 - April 25 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm US ET. 

Note: there will be no webinar on March 14 and March 21.

Full details on the series including the speaker scedule and recordings of past talks can be found here.

Click here to register. Register once for all lectures.

Join us for the Yale Forest Forum Spring 2023 Speaker Series Webinar entitled “Smallholder planted trees and forests for climate, restored landscapes, and human livelihoods” held on Tuesdays from January 17-April 25th. This webinar series will focus on ways to harness the potential of smallholder planted forests and trees to contribute to the provision of environmental services, including addressing climate change, and livelihoods. In featuring guest lectures from a range of perspectives, disciplines, and geographies the webinar series will explore topics including the key success factors in the establishment and management of planted forests and trees outside forests by smallholders; the most promising models and practices; the management objectives pursued by smallholders; operational risks, financial risks, and vulnerabilities smallholders face; opportunities and business models linked to the transition to carbon-neutral economies and ecosystem restoration; and what can be done by other actors to support smallholders. 

The YFF Speaker Series is hosted by The Forest School at the Yale School of the Environment in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
 

How Can the Voluntary Carbon Market Make a Meaningful Contribution to Protecting Tropical Forests?

Thursdays from January  19 - April 27 from 11:30 am - 12:10 pm US ET. 
Note: there will be no webinar on March 16 and March 23.

Full details on the series including the speaker scedule and recordings of past talks can be found here.

Click here to register. Register once for all webinars. 

Photo: Daniel Murdiyarso/CIFOR.

The Yale Forest Forum is offering a Spring 2023 Speaker Series Webinar entitled “How can the voluntary carbon market make a meaningful contribution to protecting tropical forests?” on Thursdays from January 19-April 27th from 11:30am-12:10pm ET. The series will feature a wide range of experts from perspectives including tropical country governments, Indigenous peoples, buyers, standard setters, project developers. In focusing on the issues facing tropical forest carbon crediting, the series seeks to explore the following questions: Why are tropical forest carbon credits different? Why is a distinction made between “project” and “jurisdictional” credits? How do the different parties see risks and opportunities? How does the experience in the voluntary carbon market relate to international or domestic compliance markets?

The YFF Speaker Series are hosted by The Forest School at Yale School of the Environment. The series is free and open to the public. The series builds on the Fall 2022 YFF Speaker Series on “What makes a high quality forest carbon credit?” You can catch up on recorded lectures from the Fall Series here.

PAST YFF SPEAKER SERIES

Session details including recordings and speaker information can be found at the links below.

(Re)Considering Planted Forests for the 21st Century

What Makes a High-Quality Forest Carbon Credit?

Theory to Practice of Urban Forest Management

The Future of Forest Products in a Changing Climate: Bioenergy from Forests
 


YFF ENVIRONMENTAL HUMANITIES AUTHOR DISCUSSION SERIES WITH ORION:

UPCOMING: A Tree’s View of History: A Conversation with Lacy M. Johnson

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 1:00 pm US ET. Click here to register. This event is free to join and will be recorded.

The Forest School at the Yale School of the Environment and Orion Magazine present a conversation with Lacy M. Johnson on American history and the longleaf pine. Building off her recent essay on the longleaf pine’s integral role in the American slave trade, Johnson will discuss the ways in which trees bear witness to the evolution of culture and what they may be able to tell us about ourselves now. She will also discuss how her research into coastal flooding has expanded her understanding of how rising water levels affect trees, and what people can do to protect the landscapes they love. In conversation with her will be Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-author of Journey of the Universe and co-founder of Yale’s Forum on Religion and Ecology. To learn more about the event, click here.
 

PAST: Celebrating Old Growth Series

In partnership with Orion Magazine and the Yale Forum for Religion and Ecology, YFF hosted a three-part author discussion series to celebrate the release of Orion’s anthology, “Old Growth.” You can watch the event recordings and learn more information at the following links:

Celebrating Old Growth: A Conversation with Robin Wall Kimmerer, Robert Macfarlane, and David Haskell

To learn more about this event, please click here.
For a recording of the event, please click here.

On Trees: A Conversation with Peter Wohlleben, Jessica J. Lee, and Sumana Roy

To learn more about this event, please click here.
For a recording of the event, please click here.

The Language of Trees: A Conversation with Alison Hawthorne Deming and Kathleen Dean Moore

To learn more about the event, please click here.
For a recording of the event, please click here.


YFF News

YFF Review: Theory to Practice of Urban Forest Management, January–April 2022.
January 30, 2023
In spring 2022, the Yale Forest Forum, Yale Hixon Center for Urban Ecology, and Urban Resources Initiative brought together more than 900 attendees and 12 speakers to explore...
Mature and old-growth forest definitions are central to the executive order on strengthening the nation's forests, communities, and local economies. Photo taken in Oswald West State Park in Oregon on November 14, 2010, by David Patte/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 
January 18, 2023
By Sara Santiago ‘19 MF “You know it when you see it.” When grasping to describe mature and old-growth forests, this is a sentiment we often hear, evoking an image of mossy...
Marlene Miller Pratt sitting in her favorite spot at the New Haven Botanical Garden of Healing.
January 12, 2023
Marlene and I sit watching the water as it slowly steps down stream. She is sitting on a new bench with her arm draped across the back, looking at me, at ease and in command...