Across the Landscape

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

Guild Gathering and Shortleaf Pine Outreach in Kentucky

This summer the Guild hosted two education and outreach events in Kentucky focused on shortleaf pine ecosystem restoration. The events were part of the Guild’s ongoing program to promote ecological forestry and shortleaf pine ecosystem restoration in the Cumberland Plateau. Both Tennessee and Kentucky have experienced a 70 to 80 percent reduction in acres occupied by shortleaf pine or shortleaf pine-oak forests since 1980, making the species and its associated ecosystem a high priority for restoration efforts in the region.


Fire Adapted Communities Pinelands Learning Exchange

New Jersey and Long Island are home to some of the largest pitch pine barren natural communities in the Northeast. Communities of “fire people” bear the responsibility of managing these pinelands for human safety and ecological health. Through support from the Fire Learning Network, the Forest Stewards Guild brought together the stewards and residents of the New Jersey and Long Island Pinelands for two, two-day learning exchanges to share knowledge and spark collaboration to advance safety and resilience in these communities.

Celebrating the 2018 California Tree Farmer of the Year - from a Guild Model Forest

Ed Tunheim, of Plantation Forest, a Guild Model Forest, is selected as the 2018 California Tree Farmer of the Year.
The Forest Stewards Guild adds its voice to all those who commend Ed’s selection for this prestigious award.

Fire as A Tool To Manage Oak Ecosystems - a summary of an exceptional event

On July 25, 2018, nearly 100 people gathered for a field tour and knowledge-sharing session in the Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin. The Guild worked with partners at The Nature Conservancy, Society of American Foresters, and the Oak Woodlands and Forests and Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortiums to design this workshop. The goal - to increase awareness and understanding of tools for assessing the condition of oak ecosystems and potential management scenarios. Although there were tour leaders, the event was designed to have attendees participate, brainstorm, share expertise, and learn from one another. That was a huge success!

A recent Guild Gathering in Oregon models key goals and gets results

"Innovative Forestry Techniques," one of the many Guild Gatherings held so far this year, happened in Corvallis, Oregon with the help of guild members and Oregon State University. 30 people joined - among these were four Oregon State University students, five fellows from the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon, and many forestry professionals and land managers. One participant’s highlight from the event was “Being able to discuss forestry with industry professionals, small woodlot owners, academics, and scientists all at the same time.”

Meet Guild Intern, Susy Boyd

Written by Susy Boyd

I grew up in a suburb of San Francisco where I occasionally played in a sliver of a Eucalyptus grove. The earliest hint of my future in the forest appeared after a week-long Outdoor Education experience in the redwoods. When the week was over, I was despondent but didn’t yet understand why.

A look at what Guild connections can mean for forestry practice

Editors note: Connor Hogan is a Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies graduate. This spring, he attended a Yale SAF and Forest Stewards Guild gathering. Here, he shares some thoughts about that gathering, and what the Guild means to his professional efforts and the essential connections we all need to fulfill a mission of responsible forestry.

Ecological impacts after wildfire: Santa Clara Field Trip

In areas affected by high severity fire and post-fire flooding, why do we choose to act—or not to act—beyond initial emergency stabilization? How do we make informed decisions about how much action to take and when? On a warm day in early May, a group of over thirty environmental and conservation professionals gathered to discuss these questions in the context of restoring integrity to ecosystems and landscapes after wildfires as part of the Burned Area Learning Network (BALN).

A match made for a better future - the Gravitas Peak Wildland Fire Module

In 2017, Dave Lasky, an ex-wilderness expedition leader and restoration forester met Eytan Krasilovsky, the Guild’s Southwest Region Director and the foundation was laid for what has become an inspirational partnership. This is the story of the Guild’s Gravitas Peak Wildland Fire Module (GPWFM) – what it is, how it started, and what it means for forests and communities.

Foundations of Ecological Forestry

The topic of ecological forestry has stimulated much discussion recently, and has been the subject of a number of articles in the Journal of Forestry. Not surprisingly, most have been penned by Guild members.


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