Former Chief of U.S. Forest Service to Speak at Yale University
Jack Ward Thomas, former chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, will speak at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies on Dec. 7 at 4:30 p.m. in Bowers Auditorium, Sage Hall, 205 Prospect St.
Thomas currently is the Boon and Crockett Professor of Wildlife Conservation at the University of Montana. He will give a presentation about his research on the integration of wildlife conservation and private forest land management. Thomas, widely regarded as the visionary leader who brought the progressive concept of ecosystem management to the very conservative Forest Service, will also draw on his experiences as its chief.
Thomas received his B.S. degree at Texas A&M University, his M.S. degree at West Virginia University, and a Ph.D. degree at the University of Massachusetts. After his retirement from the U.S. Forest Service in October 1996, Thomas accepted the professorship at the University of Montana. He writes extensively on ecosystem management and wildlife conservation.
Thomas’ talk is sponsored by the Yale Forest Forum, a program that examines the stewardship of private forest lands through management and conservation. YFF presents the Leadership Forum series as part of its educational program. The series brings influential and innovative leaders to Yale to interact with faculty and students, to share their unique experiences, and to learn more about the University.