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Sustainable forest management

Sustainable forest management (SFM) is the management of forests according to the principles of sustainable development. Sustainable forest management must keep the balance between three main pillars: ecological, economic, and socio-cultural. Successfully achieving sustainable forest management will provide integrated benefits to all, ranging from safeguarding local livelihoods to protecting biodiversity and ecosystems provided by forests, reducing rural poverty, and mitigating some of the effects of climate change. This Includes the study of silviculture, growth and yield, forest estate modeling, forest mensuration, biometrics, harvest operations, socio-economic values, and ecosystem services.


  • Thom Erdle
    • Expertise: Forest management and forest estate planning; Stand growth and yield, Forest inventory; Critical thinking on environmental issues
  • Ted Needham
    • Expertise: Problem based learning, Outcomes based assessment; Structured problem solving; Stand intervention design
  • John Kershaw
    • Expertise: Forest Mensuration, Sample Design and Analysis; Large-Scale Forest Inventory, Long-term Forest Monitoring; Forest Dynamics following Partial Harvesting; Forest History, Climate change impacts and adaptation of forests
  • Jasen Golding
    • Expertise: Shade tolerant hardwood management; Alternate or non-traditional harvest techniques; Forest Operations Planning
  • Van Lantz
    • Expertise: Cost-benefit analysis of environmental and natural resource policies; Economic impacts of climate change and adaptation in forests, agriculture, urban flooding, sea-level rise
  • Tom Beckley
    • Expertise: Social problems and issues in forest dependent communities; Public participation in resource management and policy; Sociology of energy, energy literacy, and climate change
  • Barry White (Adjunct),
  • Mark Ducey (Adjunct),
  • Mike Lavigne (HRA);
  • Chris Hennigar (HRA);
  • Peter Bush (HRA)