Center for Forestry at UC Berkeley
University of California
Center for Forestry at UC Berkeley

William Main Seminar Series

About the Series

The William Main Seminar Series in Forestry and Natural Resources was established in 1986. The program honors its namesake, a graduate of Berkeley's forestry program, and longtime friend of Cal and its forestry program. William Main was, until his death in 1981, a community leader and president of the Main Industries, Inc. in Bieber, California. In 1986 his wife, Berkeley graduate Rocky Main, and the couple's sons, inaugurated the Main lecture series to provide a forum for exploring topical issues in forestry and natural resource management. The Main series has always attracted a diverse group of people. Past series have focused on the Quincy Library Group, conservation of the northern and California spotted owl, impacts of forestry practices on California's Native American communities, as well as discussion of several ballot initiatives on a broad range of natural-resource issues. The Main series provides a rare opportunity for students, both undergraduate and graduate, to ask direct questions of leaders in their field, both in a formal classroom setting and later in the day, over dinner at the Berkeley Faculty Club. This program exists because of the incredible generosity of the Main Family.

2015 Series: Forest Systems in a Full World

The world’s forests are no longer seen as remote wilderness frontiers; they are increasingly viewed as global treasures and global commodities shared among developed countries, booming Asian economies, and indigenous residents. This seminar brings leaders from across North America to share innovative perspectives on how to ensure sustainable forests at a global scale.

The full schedule for the 2015 William Main Seminar series can be found on the calendar below. Lectures are open to all. A flyer with the full schedule is available at this link.

After each talk by a visiting lecturer, we will be holding small dinners with each speaker to provide students, faculty, staff, and the general public the opportunity for further discussion. If you are interested in attending a dinner, please email Carlin Starrs at

Seminar Calendar

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