Working forests are forest lands that are actively managed, but within a large landscape the owners and managers of these lands have diverse management objectives. This diversity provides both challenges and opportunities in providing a wide and complementary array of economic and environmental values from these forests, including how the needs of local landowners and communities are considered and integrated. The 2014 Starker Lecture Series will provide a forum for a wide-ranging discussion of these issues.
Key lecture topics for the 2014 Starker Series include an overview of the landscape-level, diverse ownerships, working forest concept and a discussion of key forest ecology and management considerations. In addition, the program will provide insights about social considerations within larger forest areas that account for the varying interests of different landowners while also addressing important landscape objectives. The Series will conclude with a capstone field trip that features a local example of a public-private collaboration that reflects an actual “working forest with a landscape view.”