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Forest Management & Land Use

Colgate places great value on the health and sustainable management of our 1,059 acres of forestland.
Snowshoeing students stop for a lesson in the Colgate forest.
We recognize the importance of well-managed forests (both locally and globally) in providing critical wildlife habitat, essential ecosystem services, and in addressing global climate change. As such, we manage our forests with great care and stewardship. In 2014, Colgate's 1,059 acres of forested land received American Tree Farm System certification, verifying our high level commitment to environmental stewardship and responsible forest management. 

Forest and Open Lands Stewardship Plan (2007)

Colgate University practices long-term sustainable forestry management that:
  1. enhances our academic mission through research and teaching;
  2. provides aesthetic value and ongoing recreational opportunities;
  3. provides revenue through timber and biomass energy production;
  4. provides essential ecosystem services such as clean air, water, and healthy soils;
  5. and protects the diversity and health of the plants and animals that inhabit our forested lands. 
Click here to download our full report with specific management objectives for each tract of Colgate forest.

Forest Carbon Inventory & Projections (2013)

Existing forests have not been given serious consideration in addressing carbon neutrality goals on college and university campuses. At Colgate University, we recognize that carbon storage and annual sequestration is among the many assets provided by Colgate's forested lands. In 2013, we determined that our 1,059 acres of forests contain 165,491 tons of stored carbon while sequestering an additional 1,578 tons of carbon annually.

Download our full report highlighting our methodology and results for each sample plot.