Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Yale School Of Forestry & Environmental Studies

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The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (FES) is one of the graduate professional schools of Yale University. Founded to train foresters, it now trains leaders and creates new knowledge that will sustain and restore the health of the biosphere and the well-being of its people. Still offering forestry instruction, the school has the oldest graduate forestry program in the United States.


The School was founded in 1900 as the Yale Forest School, to provide high-level forestry training suited to American conditions. At the urging of Yale alumnus Gifford Pinchot, his parents endowed the two-year postgraduate program. At the time Pinchot was serving as Bernhard Fernow's successor as Chief of the Division of Forestry (predecessor of the USFS). Pinchot released two foresters from the Division to start the School: fellow Yale graduate Henry Solon Graves and J.W. Toumey."The History of Forestry in America", page 710, by W.N. Sparhawk (a Yale graduate) in Trees: Yearbook of Agriculture, 1949. Washington, D.C. Available: http://www.archive.org/stream/treesyearbookofa00unitrich. Graves became the School's first dean and Toumey its second.

When the School opened, other places in the United States offered forestry training, but none had a post-graduate program. (Both Pinchot and Graves had gone to Europe to study forestry after graduating from Yale.Pinchot, G., Breaking New Ground, p.152 (1998 commemorative edition),...
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