The Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies owns 10,880 acres of forestland in Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont that are managed by the School Forests Program. The Program currently manages a total of 7 discrete forests that were donated to the School between 1913 and 1986 and range in size and geography from the 75 acre Crowell Ravine in Vermont to the 7,840 acre Yale Myers Forest in Connecticut. The forest composition reflects a latitudinal gradient ranging from a central hardwood covertype in Connecticut to a northern hardwood covertype in New Hampshire and Vermont. Extensive stands of pine and hemlock exist in both regions. The area encompassed by the Yale Forests includes almost all of the topographical and soil conditions, site classifications, and covertypes found in New England.
The management goals of the Yale Forests are to provide educational, research, and professional opportunities for the faculty and students and to serve as an asset in the School’s investment portfolio. Faculty and students use the Yale Forests as a laboratory for teaching, management, demonstration and research. The Forests are also utilized for academic field trips, intensive internship and training programs, and workshops for professional and community organizations. While a member of the faculty serves as Director and a University staff member serves as the Manager, graduate students working as interns or coordinators carry out the bulk of the on-the-ground management and administration. The Yale Forests are maintained as working forests, which includes selling timber and non-timber forest products from the land.
The School Forests Program, like the University as a whole, is committed to basing judgments concerning the education and employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities and affirmatively seeks to attract to its faculty, staff, and student body qualified persons of diverse backgrounds. In accordance with this policy and as delineated by federal and Connecticut law, the Program does not discriminate in educational programs or employment against any individual on account of that individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.