Across the Landscape

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

Student Member Profile: Renai Nez

Student members represent the future of not only the Forest Stewards Guild, but are also the leaders of tomorow in their fields. Guild staff are working to find new opportunities to engage our student members. Southwest Community Forestry Coordinator Matt Piccarello interviewed former Guild Youth Conservation Corps Crew Trainer and current student member Renai Nez to learn more about how her experience with the Guild has helped shape her academic and professional goals.

Forest Stewards Guild Student Member Conference Call

Forest Stewards Guild student members, we want to hear from you! The Guild will convene a conference call on Monday, April 11th from 12:00PM – 1:00PM EDT. We’ll discuss opportunities for student members, such as professional networking and potential research and job prospects. The call will be a great opportunity to meet fellow student members and share your ideas for how we can work together to deliver greater value to students.

New Jersey Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area Forest Stewardship Project

New Jersey Audubon practices Guild-style forest stewardship. One of their Forest Stewardship Plans is up for comment until March 1. Read on to learn more about this important project.

Maine Public Lands update

On Tuesday, February 9, the Maine Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry (ACF) Committee reviewed the final report of the Commission to Study the Public Reserve Lands Management Fund.

Rhode Island Woodland Partnership Strategic Planning

Beginning early in 2016, the Rhode Island Woodland Partnership (RIWP) will work collaboratively on crafting its first strategic plan. This project is made possible by a Strategy Grant from the Rhode Island Foundation, the state’s community foundation. The partnership is also grateful to have the RI Resource Conservation and Development Area Council, one of its member 501(c)(3) organizations, serving as its fiscal sponsor.

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.

4(d) Ruling on Northern long-eared Bat

Protections have been finalized for the northern long-eared bat and will take effect February 16, 2016. The finalized ruling reflects input from numerous agencies and organizations, including the Forest Stewards Guild, in an effort to balance the biological needs of this threatened species with the ecologic, economic, and social needs of other forest users.

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.

First Duty Principle

The First Duty Principle is one of the most defining principles of our organization. While we share a broad agreement on the importance and defining nature of the "first duty" concept, many members have also shared long-standing concerns about how the wording of the statement may read to current and prospective members. We convened Forest Stewards Guild committee to determine if there was cause to reword the principle, and if so to draft alternative language.

New Membership and Policy Council Members

The Membership and Policy Council (MPC) votes are in and Guild members have elected three new members to the MPC. Stuart Hale (NC), Beth Jacqmain - Palik (MN), and Bruce White (NC) have secured the most votes to win election to the MPC. The 4th and 5th place vote-getters, Marcos Roybal (AZ), and John Lovseth (IL), also received a significant number of votes and we thank them especially for being willing to serve.


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