Guest Seminar (5/11): William R. Burch

On Thursday, May 11, at 10:30 a.m. in the Forest Club Room, we’re very pleased to host a visiting talk with Professor Emeritus Bill Burch from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences: “Taking charge: A human ecosystem approach for joining rural and urban communities in sustaining their legacies and future hopes.”

Bill is renowned forest sociologist whose work with urban and community forestry has spanned the country and world, from the Baltimore Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) network to projects in Asia, Europe and South America. In addition to teaching and advising at Yale, he has served as the first director of the Yale Tropical Resources Institute and the Yale Urban Resources Initiative, and as PI for a five-year restoration monitoring and evaluation effort for five stream valley park systems in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Parks. More broadly, Bill was an early pioneer in theoretical efforts to integrate ecology and community—using parks and forests to revitalize communities and ecosystems, and developing a unified ecosystem management approach that fully includes humans as part of the ecosystem. He has also been a leader in researching recreation behavior and ecotourism in wild, preserved and urban places.

This seminar is free and open to the public, and it kicks off the Spring 2017 Governor’s ONRC Advisory Board meeting on campus. The board is wrestling with how to deal with the rural-urban divide in concepts of sustainability and has sought out Burch’s insights to jump-start this initiative. There will be an extended discussion period after the talk.

We hope you can join us!

Guest Lecture (10/30): William R. Burch

Coming up on Friday, October 30, at 1:30 p.m. in the Forest Club Room, we are very pleased to host a guest lecture featuring Professor Emeritus William R. Burch from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies: “Pulaski, Passion and Participation: Looking to the Past for the Future of Natural Resource Professions.”

Professor Burch

Professor Burch

SEFS Professor Bernard Bormann arranged for this special visit from Professor Burch, a renowned forest sociologist whose work with community and social forestry has touched communities across the country and world, from the Baltimore Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) network to projects in Asia, Europe and South America—as well as an ongoing monitoring and evaluation project on the $26 million restoration of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park system. Burch was an early pioneer in theoretical efforts to integrate ecology and community, and developing a unified ecosystem management approach that fully includes humans as part of the ecosystem. He has also been a leader in researching recreation behavior and ecotourism in wild, preserved and urban places.

We’re excited to welcome Professor Burch to campus, and we hope you’ll join us for his talk!