"Forest Conservation and Climate Change: Adaptation of Science, Policy, and Practices"
by Dr. David Cleaves
Dr. David Cleaves, climate change advisor to the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service, delivered the 2013 Lynn W. Day Distinguished Lectureship in Forest and Conservation History. According to Dr. Cleaves, to cope with a changing climate, some resource managers are shifting their management emphasis from production to restoration and resilience. Successfully making that shift will depend on ecosystem resilience as well as new institutional relationships, including ones involving universities. His lecture, “Forest Conservation and Climate Change: Adaptation of Science, Policy, and Practices,“ traced the history of dealing with climate change from its beginnings up through the establishment of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan, offering recommendations for a future that will require adaptation of our science, policy, and practices.
David Cleaves serves the Forest Service Chief, executive leadership, and the field by coordinating activities related to climate change adaptation, mitigation, and communication. His specialty is decision science and risk analysis, about which he has authored numerous papers and done extensive consultation. He is a former professor of Forest Marketing and Economics at Oregon State University.
The 2013 Lecture was held on Thursday, November 7th at 4:30 pm in the Love Auditorium in the Levine Science Research Center on Duke University’s West Campus (map of the area).
The Lynn W. Day Distinguished Lectureship in Forest and Conservation History is sponsored by the Forest History Society, the Duke University Department of History, and the Nicholas School of the Environment.