Welcome to the Forest Stewards Guild

2015 Southwest fire season

Fewer acres burned in wildfire in the Southwest in 2015 than the average for the preceding decade and most of the area burned at low severity. The snowpack from the 2014/2015 winter was below normal, but the El Niño pattern combined with other factors to drive a moist spring and minimize windy and dry conditions. Prescribed fires covered 120,066 acres or 37% of the total acres burned in 2015, the highest percentage of acres burned in the Southwest since 2003.

Bottomland Hardwood Forest Management

Bottomland hardwood forests are critically important to biodiversity, wildlife, carbon storage, recreation, and clean water in the Southeastern U.S. Unfortunately, these forests are exceptionally threatened by land conversion, invasive species, raising temperatures, more frequent intense storms, and altered hydrology. The Forest Stewards Guild's new report, Ecological Forestry Practices for Bottomland Hardwood Forests of the Southeastern U.S., combines scientific knowledge with boots-on-the-ground experience to produce meaningful, solution-oriented tools that can help improve the stewardship of this resource. This work would not have been possiblehe without the members of our bottomland hardwoods working group, field forum participants, and reviewers.

Forest Stewards Guild 2016 National Meeting

Restoration. Conservation. Collaboration. The 2016 national meeting of the Forest Stewards Guild and friends at The Nature Conservancy and Society of American Foresters drew over a hundred and thirty natural resource managers, researchers, and students together for a singular event designed to empower practitioners with restoration tools rooted in forest science, conservation, and collaboration. The three-day program created an exceptional space to learn and, to Leopold’s philosophy, to evolve the land ethic in the minds of a thinking community.

Putting the Forest First

From Humboldt County, California, to Aroostook County, Maine, we are the stewards for America’s finest forests.

We invite you to join us

From our beginnings over thirty years ago, the Forest Stewards Guild has recognized that maintaining healthy, productive forests is the best investment we can make in promoting the wellbeing of people and forest communities. Our work includes hands-on forest stewardship, education and training, research, policy advocacy, and promoting professional practice – all based on high ethical standards and our unique mission of “putting the forest first.”