Welcome to the Forest Stewards Guild

A Note from Our Director

Growing Our Guild Community in 2017

To Our Members and Supporters,

As I reflect on what we have achieved together, I've realized what many of our members already know: the Guild is much more than a professional society - we're a community of people from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines who share a common goal of conserving forests for all their values. As members, supporters, and partners of the Guild, you are an important part of that community. This year, we’re planning a number of activities to build on that strength.

2016 Annual Review

Inside the pages of the 2016 Forest Stewards Guild Annual Review, you’ll find Guild Staff and partners putting forest stewardship principles into action. We’re reaching from coast to coast with program staff now deepening our roots in five regions of the country. And while we’re excited about our expanding reach, we know that the real difference we make is with people.

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 possible without the members of our bottomland hardwoods working group, field forum participants, and reviewers.

Forest Stewards Guild 2016 National Meeting Recap

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.

Summer 2017 Forest Stewards Guild Internships

The Forest Stewards Guild invites students at the college or graduate level to work on forest-related issues in New Mexico. We are offering a paid 8-week summer internship and one unpaid 4-8 week internship. The paid and unpaid positions will be based out of our Santa Fe office. Internships will be grounded in active projects. Staff will work to tailor the workload to the student’s interests and schedule.

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.”