Established in 1969, the S. J. Hall Lecture brings leading observers of the forestry sector to speak to the campus community and the public on topics concerned with industrial forestry and related matters. Presented during Homecoming Weekend, this public lecture is an intriguing learning and networking opportunity for Berkeley alumni, parents, students and community members.

The 2023 SJ Hall Lecture in Industrial Forestry

Electrifying Forestry and Automating Forest Regeneration

Innovations in forest technologies, from hauling logs to planting seedlings

Berkeley Forests and RCNR are very excited to welcome Magnus Thor from Skogforsk, the central research body for the Swedish forestry sector, to the David Brower Center in Berkeley on November 17th from 4-5:30pm.

Magnus Thor has worked at Skogforsk since 1992 as a researcher and research manager. His fields of research and interest cover forest operations, wood supply, and control of Heterobasidion root rot. He holds a MSc in Forestry and a PhD in Forestry from The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. The 2023 S.J. Hall Lecture will focus on innovations in forest technologies, ranging from electric log trucks to autonomous planting machines, being researched by Skogforsk, the central research body for the Swedish forestry sector. The presentation will explore how new technologies have performed thus far, and will inform foresters in California who are grappling with challenges ranging from large-scale reforestation to tightening emissions standards.

We hope you will join us for the presentation and hosted reception (appetizers, beer, wine) to follow.  
To help us plan for the post-lecture reception, please click here to RSVP if you plan to attend.

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The 2022 SJ Hall Lecture in Industrial Forestry

Statewide Forestry Initiatives and their Impact on Industrial Forest Management


We are excited to announce that the SJ Hall Lecture in Industrial Forestry will be held in person after two years of virtual lecutres!


The 2022 SJ Hall Lecture in Industrial Forestry is excited to welcome CNRA's Deputy Secretary of Forest and Wildland Resilience, Jessica Morse, to present about statewide forestry and wildfire initiatives, and how these initiatives impact industrial forest management in our state.  Deputy Secretary Morse will share insights about California's Wildfire and Forest Resilience Plan and the Natural Working Lands Climate Smart Strategy, and the ways in these efforts interact with management of our private timberlands.  She will also discuss the Nature Based Solutions Executive Order N-82-20, its efforts to conserve 30 percent of our lands and coastal waters by 2030, and the role that actively managed forests can play in achieving 30X30's goals. 


A question and answer session with attendees will follow Deputy Morse's presentation.

Lecture Location: Mulford Hall, Room 159

Lecture Time & Date: 4:00pm, November 4th, 2022.

Learn more about Deputy Director Morse and her career by clicking on the PDF below:

PDF icon J. Morse Bio 2022.pdf


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