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Forest conservation in the Anthropocene
There is increasing scientific acceptance that we have entered a new “Anthropocene Epoch” wherein human influence, especially in climate and global population, is altering the evolution of virtually every ecosystem on the planet. Representing one-quarter of terrestrial ecosystems, but containing an estimated two-thirds of carbon in living terrestrial organisms, and nearly three-quarters of terrestrial species, our forests face growing risk in the Anthropocene.

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Adapting to a Changing Climate: Risks & Opportunities for the Upper Delaware River Region
In 2012, the Model Forest Policy Program (MFPP), the Cumberland River Compact, Headwaters Economics, the Common Waters Partnership and the Pinchot Institute for Conservation came together to create a climate adaptation plan for the communities of the Upper Delaware River Region. Development of the plan came about because all parties, led by MFPP, recognized the critical need for local community resilience against the impacts of climate change by protecting forest and water resources. This climate adaptation plan for the Upper Delaware Region of southeastern New York, northeastern Pennsylvania and northwestern New Jersey presents the results of a community team effort, deep and broad information gathering, critical analysis and thoughtful planning. The result of this collaborative effort is a powerful climate adaptation plan that the community can support and implement in coming years. The outcome will be a community that can better withstand impacts of climate upon their natural resources, economy and social structure in the decades to come.
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Between Two Fires: America's Wildland Fire Scene Since 1960
Stephen J. Pyne is a Regents’ Professor at Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences. A veteran of 15 seasons as a wildland firefighter, Dr. Pyne is also a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, the Fulbright Fellowship, and two National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships. His scholarship has focused on integrating the history of fire with ecology, agriculture, logging, and resource management; he is recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts on the history and management of fire. Dr. Pyne's lecture presents findings from his current project, A Fire History of America, 1960–2011, which will be completed later in 2014.

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The Pinchot Letter Spring 2014
  • Green Fire Meets Red Fire; Environmental History Meets the No-Analogue Anthropocene by Dr. Stephen J. Pyne [View article]
  • From the President - Decision Making Under Uncertainty: Managing Forests and Fire in the Anthropocene [View article]
  • Wilderness and Conservation Strategy in the Anthropocene by Travis Belote, Greg Aplet, Anne Carlson, and Peter McKinley [View article]
  • Preparing for the Mid-term: Nearing Five Years of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program by R. Patrick Bixler [View Article]
  • Lessons Learned from an Unprecedented Experiment in Collaborative Forest Management by Will Price [View Article]
  • A Landmark Policy for Restoring Federal Forests: Permanent Authorization of Stewardship Contracting in the Farm Bill by Brian Kittler [View article]
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Pinchot Letter Winter 2013
  • Embracing Gifford Pinchot’s “Practical Idealism” by Robert Bonnie [View article]
  • From the President: Changing the Future of US Forests: A Call for Recommitment by V. Alaric Sample [View article]
  • Grey Towers: The Heart of the Modern Conservation Movement by Peter Pinchot [View article]
  • The Enduring Value of the Pinchot Institute-US Forest Service Partnership by Tom Tidwell [View article]
  • Photos from the 50th anniversary celebration [View article]
  • Conserving Pennsylvania's Public Lands for Recreation, Jobs, and Natural Beauty by Ellen Ferretti [View article]
  • The Pinchot Institute: Building on the Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot by Nels Johnson [View article]
  • Investing in Our Future: Fostering an Environmentally Literate and Engaged Society by Leila Pinchot [View article]
  • 2012-2013 Pinchot Institute Supporters [View article]

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The Pinchot Letter Fall 2013
  • Healthy Forests & Healthy Waters by Will Price and Stephanie P. Dalke [View article]
  • From the President - The Pinchot Institute at 50: An Appreciation [View article]
  • Sustaining Water Resources and Other Forest Ecosystem Services in the Era of Climate Change by V. Alaric Sample [View article]
  • The Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative by Lisa Creasman [View Article]
  • Fire, Drought, and Water Supply Resiliency in Fort Collins by Aaron Lein [View Article]
  • Scaling the Natural Infrastructure Approach to Source Water Protection by James Mulligan and Todd Gartner  [View article
  • Caring for the Land and Serving People, Where They Live: Improving the Lives of People and Their Communities Through Urban Natural Resources Stewardship by Michael T. Rains  [View article]
  • Whole Watershed Restoration Initiative: Harnessing Collaboration to Restore Salmon Habitat in the Northwest by Cathy Kellon [View article]
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The Role of Communities in Stewardship Contracting - USDA FS
This report, The Role of Communities in Stewardship Contracting: FY 2012 Programmatic Monitoring Report to the USDA Forest Service, conveys findings and recommendations from the FY 2012 Programmatic Monitoring and Evaluation of the role of local communities in the development and implementation of stewardship contracts and agreements on the National Forest System and lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. 
The Role of Communities in Stewardship Contracting - BLM
This report, The Role of Communities in Stewardship Contracting: FY 2012 Programmatic Monitoring Report to the USDOI BLM, conveys findings and recommendations from the FY 2012 Programmatic Monitoring and Evaluation of the role of local communities in the development and implementation of stewardship contracts and agreements on the National Forest System and lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. 
Feasibility of Quantifying Returns from Forest Service Research and Development Programs
Acres managed, miles of riparian habitat restored, gallons of fresh water provided, populations of wildlife conserved – all are important metrics of natural resources management and will continue to be important measures defining programmatic impact. However, it is becoming increasingly necessary, during constrained budgetary times, staffing declines, and demands for science increasing to understand and communicate the value of research and development if a case is to be made to retain (or even expand) research and development budgets.
Pinchot Letter Fall 2012
  • Redefining Forest Conservation in the Anthropocene by V. Alaric Sample [View article]
  • Forest Land Loss on the Rebound by Tom Tidwell [View article]
  • Oil for Trees: Does the Land and Water Conservation Fund Offer a Devil's Bargain? by Char Miller [View article]
  • Book Review: Managing Ecosystems in a Changing Climate [View Article]
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Pathways to Sustainability
Producers of wood pellets in the United States will need to meet or exceed sustainability standards set by the European Union and individual European countries to protect the health of forests, while accessing expanding export markets. The growing European demand for U.S. wood biomass requires buyers to demonstrate enhanced sustainability of North America's forest resources. Download PDF

The Pinchot Letter Spring 2012
  • Essential Tools for Sustaining America's Forests - Reauthorizing Stewardship Contracts on Federal Lands by Brian A. Kittler and V. Alaric Sample [View article]
  • From the President - A Conservation Ethic for a Changing World [View article]
  • An Integrated Story for an Ecological Civilization by Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker, 2012 Pinchot Distinguished Lecturer [View article]
  • Earth as Biodiversity Hotspot: Environmental Stewardship in the Next Era of Conservation by V. Alaric Sample [View Article]
  • Federal Lands and the Eye of the Beholder by V. Alaric Sample [View Article]
  • Study Challenges Carbon Absorption Potential of Future Forests  [View article
  • Common Waters Fund Receives Partnership Award by Will Price  [View article]
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Programmatic Monitoring of the Role Local Communities Play in Developing Stewardship Contracts: FY 2011
This programmatic monitoring report to the USDA Forest Service details: challenges in engaging stakeholders in stewardship contracting; successes in engaging communities in stewardship contracting; and the benefits perceived by participants in stewardship projects. Download PDF
Programmatic Monitoring of the Role Local Communities Play in Developing Stewardship Contracts: FY 2011
This programmatic monitoring report to the US Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management details: challenges in engaging stakeholders in stewardship contracting; successes in engaging communities in stewardship contracting; and the benefits perceived by participants in stewardship projects. Download PDF
Pinchot Letter: Fall 2011
  • Restoring the Land: The Weeks Act and the Expansion of Federal Forestry by Char Miller [Download article]
  • The Weeks Act and the Future of Land Conservation in the United States by Al Sample [Download article]
  • Rebuilding a Greener Community through Creative Partnerships by Brian Kittler [Download article]
  • From the President of the Pinchot Institute [Download article]
  • Inside the Institute -- Landserver: A Conservation Assessment Tool for Farmers and Woodland Owners; 2011 Elisabeth S. Mortimer Internship [Download article]
  • Acknowledging 2010-2011 Pinchot Institute Supporters and In-Kind Donors [Download article]
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Pinchot Letter: Spring 2011
  • The Common Waters Fund: a Forest-to-Faucet Approach for the Delaware River by Stephanie Pendergrass [Download article]
  • Innovation in Improving Water Management: The Water Fund Approach by Karin Krchnak [Download article]
  • Pennsylvania's Forests: How They are Changing and Why We Should Care by Eric Sprague [Download article]
  • Forest Conservation and Climate Change: A Summary of the 2011 Pinchot Distinguished Lecture with Amb. Stuart Eizenstat [Download article]
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Pennsylvania's Forests: How they are changing and why we should care
Will Price and Eric Sprague .  January 2012.  Download PDF
Pinchot Letter Fall 2010
  • Demonstrating Sustainable Community Forestry in Ecuador by Peter Pinchot [Download article]
  • Connecting Human Health and Forest Conservation in the Rio Verde Canandé Watershed by Ariel Pinchot [Download article]
  • Improving Conventional Timber Harvest and Log Yield in Working Forests of the Mountainous Tropics by Blair Rynearson [Download article]
  • How to Reconstruct a Rain Forest by Amy Rogers [Download article]
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Getting to REDD Success: Two Decades of Lessons, Michael Northrop, 2010

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