Welcome to the Forest Guild

Understanding the 2014 Fire Season in the Southwest

During the last two years, wildfires have burned fewer acres than usual in the Southwest. On average wildfires burned about 700,000 acres each year since the 2002. Only about 224,000 acres burned in 2014 and so far, less than 125,000 acres have burned in 2015. Southwestern forests are naturally adapted to fire and need fire to remain healthy. During the 20th Century, a focus on fire suppression contributed to unhealthy forest conditions. Now, forest restoration includes returning low severity fire to improve forest vigor and reduce the risk of catastrophic fires.

Guild Board meets at Leopold Shack

Forest Guild leaders from California to Maine, and many of our Wisconsin members, enjoyed a weekend retreat at Aldo Leopold's Shack in Baraboo, WI. The meeting re-affirmed our commitment to stewardship and the land ethic Leopold eloquently introduced in the Sand County Almanac. The board retreat also sparked enthusiasm for expanding the Guild's influence and and the practice of ecological forestry nationwide.

Forest Guild welcomes new Model Forest

The NorthWoods Stewardship Center's Lydia Spitzer Demonstration Forest has just been awarded recognition as a Forest Guild Model Forest.

The NorthWoods Stewardship Center is a non-profit educational, research, and conservation service organization serving Vermont's Northeast Kingdom since 1989. NorthWoods' 1,500 acres are the perfect ground for modeling the NorthWoods mission of sharing practical ways of protecting and preserving the northern forest environment as a resource for future generations.

New Forest Guild Climate Change Policy Statement

The Forest Guild membership has voted to approve a new revision to our Climate Change Policy Statement. In 2014 the Forest Guild Membership and Policy Council (MPC), comprised of volunteer leaders elected by the membership, decided that it was a priority to update our Climate Change Policy Statement. With new awareness, new science and the 2014 national meeting centered around the topic, it was time to update the previous policy statement that was first developed in 2008.

Putting the forest first

Forest Guild members are committed to putting the forest first. We feel the well-being of human society is dependent on responsible forest management that places the highest priority on the maintenance and enhancement of the entire forest ecosystem. We practice ecological forestry that uses nature as a model for sustainable resource mangement. Read more about our mission and principles here.

Join Us!

The Forest Guild is a professional organization of foresters and allied natural resource professionals that practice and promote ecologically, economically, and socially responsible forestry. The Guild is a non-profit organization (501(c)3). The Guild engages in education, training, policy analysis, research, and advocacy to foster excellence in stewardship, support practicing foresters and other natural resource professionals. We also seek to engage woodland owners, communities, and the public in the challenges of forest conservation and management. Join us and support forest stewardship!