(Re) Considering Planted Forests for the 21st Century

August 25, 2022

Yale Forest Forum is excited to announce the upcoming Fall 2022 Webinar Series on Reconsidering Planted Forests for the 21st Century, jointly hosted by The Forest School at Yale School of the Environment (YSE) and The Forests Dialogue (TFD). The series will focus on large-scale planted forests for fiber and wood products, in the context of climate change mitigation and adaptation, prospects for innovation, and strategies for meeting environmental and societies varied needs. The speaker series will feature a wide range of experts to discuss the future role of planted forests in addressing urgent needs related to climate, resources, and societal and environmental challenges at regional and global scales. Speakers will represent forestry, academia, forest products industry, investment, conservation, Indigenous and forest-based communities, and climate science.

Planted forests, including tree plantations established for wood production, continue to grow in both extent and significance. Tree plantations currently provide almost half of the world’s commercial wood supply, a proportion expected to increase significantly in coming decades. Yet they represent only a fraction of the worlds tree cover. They also have great potential to deliver environmental services and social benefits. However, many aspects of planted forests have been and remain controversial, with concerns that associated environmental and social costs can outweigh economic and other benefits.

This seminar is the third YFF series focused on the Future Role of Forest Products in a Changing Climate. The first in the series covered issues related to mass timber; the second was on bioenergy. The next seminar in the series will focus on pulp and paper.

Join us every Tuesday from September 6- November 15 from 11:30am-12:10pm US ET. Note: there will be no webinar on October 18th.

Connecticut Certified Forest Practitioners may receive 1.0 CEU credits for each live lecture attended. Others may request a certificate of attendance to submit for CEU credits at the certifier of your choosing.

Click here to register. Register once to attend all webinars and to view the recordings.

Date Speaker Organization Theme Speaker Information 

Webinar (recording and slides)

September 6

Peter Kanowski- Professor of Forestry

Ivone Namikawa- Forest Sustainability Senior Consultant

Gary Dunning - Executive Director of The Forests Dialogue, The Forest School at the Yale School of the Environment

Mark AshtonProfessor of Silviculture and Forest Ecology, and the Director of the Yale Forest, The Forests School at the Yale School of the Enviroment

Australian National University 

Klabin

Yale University

Yale University

Global Overview of Planted Forests Speaker Bios

Recording

Slides

September 13

Andrew Heald - Director

NGPTA The Role of Industrial Plantations in Producing Wood Product’s in Today’s Global Bioeconomy Speaker Bio

Recording

Slides

September 20 Ara Erickson- Vice-President, Corporate Sustainability

Weyerhaeuser

Commercial Forestry and Forest Products Speaker Bio

Recording

Slides

September 27 Luis Neves Silva - New Generations Plantations Lead WWF

Sustainable Management and the Landscape Approach

Speaker Bio

Recording

October 4

Yuan Yao - Assistant Professor of Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Systems Yale University Planted Forests and the Circular Economy Speaker Bio

Recording

Slides

October 11

Rod Taylor - Global Forests  Director World Resources Institute

Environmental Challenges and Planted Forests

Speaker Bio

Recording

Slides

           

October 25

Minnie Degawan - Director of Indigenous and Traditional Peoples Program

Conservation International Communities and Local Involvement Speaker Bio

Recording

Slides

November 1 Mark Wishnie - Chief Sustainability Officer BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group Investment in Forest Restoration Utilizing Planted Forests Speaker Bio

Recording

Slides

November 8 Marcus Colchester - Senior Policy Officer Forest Peoples Programme
 
Societal Concerns and Planted Forests
 
Speaker Bio

Recording

Slides

November 15

Francisco Razzolini (tbc)

Klabin

Innovation and Adaptation in the Planted Forests Sector Speaker Bio’s

Recording

Slides