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ALPINE Webinar Spring Series: The Woods Around the Ivory Tower- A Systematic Review Examining the Value and Relevance of US University Forests
Throughout the US, many institutions of higher education own forested tracts, often called school forests, which they use for teaching, research, and demonstration purposes. These school forests provide a range of benefits to the communities in which they are located. However, school forests’ full value is yet to be realized. For example, administration is often decoupled from research and teaching, so forest benefits might not always be evident to the individuals who make decisions about their management and use. To understand what messages are being conveyed about the value and relevance of school forests, we conducted a systematic literature review and qualitatively coded the resulting literature content using an ecosystem services framework. While school forests provide many important benefits to academic and local communities, we found that most of the existing literature omits discussions about cultural ecosystem services that people (e.g., students, local communities, researchers) may receive from school forests.

This webinar will explore these findings, discuss enduring themes during times of change (e.g., COVID-19, climate change, demographic shifts, changing university enrollment), and pose provocative questions for researchers and managers to consider about the direction and relevance of school forests.
Open access link to paper: https://doi.org/10.3390/su12020531

Mar 3, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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