Across the Landscape

Below are stories have have been (or will be) featured in the Forest Stewards Guild's e-newsletter Across the Landscape.

Climate Webinar "take-aways"

Written by Dan Stepanauskas

On February 22 Maria Janowiak of The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science offered a webinar in partnership with the Guild. The call was an update on the latest findings from the Institute. Maria began by telling us that there is no single answer to any of our evolving climate change issues. There will be warming during all seasons, and by the end of the century we can anticipate an 8-12 F increase in average temperatures in a high CO2 output scenario. 

Guild-inspired forestry in Montana, and a call for more.

Written by Mark Vander Meer, Watershed Consulting

I imagine that Guild Forestry in Montana and Idaho is like Guild forestry anywhere - we put the forest first. Twenty years ago, we were laughed out of the woods for leaving the largest and most valuable trees standing. We maintained our stance. Now leaving the largest, most fire adapted trees is a common practice. It is also the right thing to do, both ecologically and economically.

Guild comments on West Virginia State Parks management bills

In February, the Forest Stewards Guild offered comments in the form of a position statement opposing Senate Bill 270/House Bill 4182. The proposed legislation would have revised West Virginia State Parks rules to permit timber production as a forest use and management goal. Due to similar public response in overwhelming numbers, on February 23, the Bills were officially "dead."

Igniting Exchange: the "spark" in the northeast's fire community

Written by Amanda Mahaffey

For many of us trained in forestry in the northeastern United States, fire was not a huge part of the curriculum. We have been taught to think we have an “asbestos forest” incapable of burning. Cape Cod’s Mashpee-Wampanoag Tribe, the residents of Bar Harbor, Maine in 1947, and New Jerseyans today are among the many members of the Northeast’s fire community that would disagree with that perspective. I’m here to tell you that fire is very much a part of our landscape, and that there is a parallel community practicing the stewardship of our fire-adapted forests, natural areas, and human communities that we ought to get to know.

Hunt Forest Walk by Guild members

Hunt Forest Walk, written by Alex Barrett

In late December 2017, MPC member Bruce White found himself in snowy Vermont. As foresters on vacation are sometimes known to do, Bruce wanted to check out the local silviculture. MPC members took the opportunity to have an impromptu woods-walk to give Bruce a taste of New England silviculture, terrain, and weather. This is just one example of how Guild members come together and help others explore and connect to quality forests, all around the country. 

Dartmouth Second College Land Grant

Nested in the crown of New Hampshire, the Dartmouth Second College Grant is a testament to the power of ecological forestry in a hardy landscape. Two lucky foresters, Forest Stewards Guild members Kevin Evans and Riley Patry, are the latest forest managers in the property’s more than 200-year history. Their work demonstrates the principles of forest stewardship and made the Grant a natural fit for the Forest Stewards Guild’s Model Forest designation. 

What Is Retirement? Thoughts from Peter Bundy.

Our long-time member, Peter Bundy, shares some of his thoughts as he embarks on a very new kind of year. Peter retired this year from Masconomo Forestry and the Forest Stewards Guild holds a special place in the history of his career. 

Membership and Policy Council in 2018

As of January 1, 2018, we have three MPC members starting new, three-year terms. Elected to the MPC by Guild Professional Members on December 20, 2017, please welcome Mark Jacobs from Minnesota, Eben Sypitkowski from Maine, and returning member John Gunn, also from Maine. Thank you to Michael Leff, who also ran for an MPC seat this year, and to outgoing MPC members Leila Pinchot and Jon Fosgitt  for their service. Finally, we thank the 50% of Professional Members who exercised their right to elect MPC representatives and vote on our new Forest Conservation and Connectivity Policy Statement, which 94% of voters passed. The MPC hasn't wasted any time in 2018. 

 

A journal page from the Association for Fire Ecology Conference in Orlando, FL

By Sam Berry, Project Coordinator

Just a few short months after joining the Southwest staff of the Forest Stewards Guild, I attended this year’s Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) Conference in Orlando, Florida. Shortly prior, we had successfully wrapped-up a 2-week Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX) in the Rio Trampas Watershed (read more here). With a presentation of that work in hand, I set off for a winter visit to the tropics.

Women Owning Woodlands - TELE workshop

In October, many Guild members and staff had a rare experience – a forestry workshop run by and for women. The topic was the effective engagement of women woodland owners, and the event was led by the Sustaining Family Forests Initiative (SFFI) team at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with the support of the USDA Forest Service. Research shows that as decision-makers and partners in management choices, women woodland owners have tremendous potential to influence more than 10 million family forest owners and shape the future of America’s 290 million acres of family forestland. However, women are underserved by existing outreach efforts.

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