Welcome to the NFI
Through its efforts, the Northern Forest Institute seeks to:
- Encourage and prepare leaders to include better information and apply science in the decisions they make
- Elevate the awareness and understanding of the issues surrounding sustaining wilderness ecosystems, human communities, and economies in the Northern Forest
- Inspire students to pursue science and leadership, equipping them to address the environmental challenges facing their generation and future generations
- Strengthen the knowledge base that will inform the objective evaluation of environmental and land-use policy alternatives
Welcome to the NFI
The Adirondack Leadership Challenge
April 25-27 , 2014
This unique workshop provides you the opportunity to explore and further develop your own leadership style and skills in a wilderness environment.
Adirondack Residential Semester
A Semester of Immersion in the Adirondacks at ESF's Huntington Wildlife Forest, Fall 2014
Tim Watson, Predator Biolgist, writes... "My time at the AEC helped guide me along my career path as a wildlife professional and connected me with the people who helped me get where I am today ... I cannot speak highly enough of the staff and faculty, the research that is done there, or the location: right in the heart of the Adirondacks!"
The Northern Forest Institute for Conservation Education and Leadership Training (NFI) is a working partnership between SUNY-ESF, Open Space Institute, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, NYS Adirondack Park Agency, Northern Forest Center, Adirondack Wild, Purdue University’s Department of Organizational Leadership and others.
The NFI is an initiative designed to function as a conduit for content provided to and drawn from diverse partners. By integrating many disparate areas of academic and experiential expertise into one coordinated educational delivery system the NFI will work to improve education, research, management and public policy in the Northern Forest.
NFI is a multi-tiered, interdisciplinary program focused on professional audiences, students in college and secondary curricula, and the general public. Faculty and staff from ESF and partnering organizations will bring rich experience to professional development, educational outreach and leadership training in conservation.
History and Future
In 1932, Anna and Archer Huntington donated 15,000 acres in the heart of the Adirondack Park to the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). This gift, known as the Huntington Wildlife Forest, was given to the College for research. Today it has become the renowned Adirondack Ecological Center (AEC) at Huntington Wildlife Forest.
The new Northern Forest Institute for Conservation Education & Leadership Training is a place where ground-breaking research will engage natural resource managers, public officials, and new generations, putting science in the hands of the decision makers that will rise to meet the challenges facing the Adirondacks and the Northern Forest. This will require an investment of $13.5 million. About $10 million of that investment is already committed or anticipated to come from public sources and partners over the next several years. The balance of $2.5 million will need to come from individuals and private foundations.