Publications and Presentations

Recent GISF Publications:

The Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry presents a new book: Fieldbook: Great Mountain Forest

By Michael Gaige and Yonatan Glogower

Great Mountain Forest consists of approximately 6,300 acres of working conservation land, established more than a century ago in the hills of northwest Connecticut, and now protected under a Forest Legacy easement. This field resource book is designed to make exploration and learning at Great Mountain Forest easily approachable. It will introduce the reader to the process of reading the landscape by bringing them to the places on the ground that tell the stories of the Great Mountain Forest. The intention behind each section is to document and share the best places on the ground to observe, learn and study the ecology and history of the Great Mountain Forest.

Former Dean of the School of Forestry, Sir Peter Crane, says this book “places Great Mountain Forest in context: as a part of the ever changing green mantle of northwestern Connecticut formed by climatic succession over millennia on an ancient landscape that has been influenced pervasively by people.”

To read or download the book, click here.

“Understanding Connecticut Woodland Owners” Published by Mary Tyrrell

In 2015, Mary Tyrrell published Understanding Connecticut Woodland Owners: A Report on the Attitudes, Values and Challenges of Connecticut’s Family Woodland Owners, as part of the Connecticut Landowners Project through the Global Institute. The report, which was a collaboration between Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Forestry Division, is the result of a study funded by the USDA Forest Service FY 2010 Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry Competitive Grant Initiative and a USDA Forest Service Diversity Internship Grant to Yale University.

The report argues that private landowner management and ownership decisions have enormous influence over the quality and extent of Connecticut forests, and thus how these landowners choose to manager their forests and whether or not they convert them to other uses, is of significant public interest. The study provides viable state-level data about landowner attitudes and behaviors with the goal to provide a better understanding of the stewardship objectives and attitudes of the families who own Connecticut’s forests. Deeper understanding of these objectives and attitudes allows conservation and forestry professionals to be more strategic in reaching landowners with effective stewardship messages and more successful in developing programs that serve the needs and values of the landowners.