Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Founded in 1900 as the Yale Forest School, then changing its name to its current form in 1972, the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies trains academics and professionals in all realms of environmental research and management. As the oldest extant school for foresters in the United States, Yale FES’s legacy reaches back to Gifford Pinchot (the first chief of the United States Forest Service) and — perhaps most notably — to Aldo Leopold (author of A Sand County Almanac). Reflected in the expansion of the school’s name, FES now graduates students who work in all ecosystems and settings — from forests, to wetlands, to negotiation/diplomatic tables, to the high plains of Wyoming. Though the members of the FES community come from a variety of cultural, geographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, the school’s central mission may be most easily paraphrased with Leopold’s own conception of a land ethic, “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” The Yale FES and Ucross Foundation partnership strives to accomplish every tenet of Leopold’s ethic in the work at the Ucross Ranch through the research outlined here.