Across the Landscape

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

Purposeful philanthropy - Guild earns Community Impact Award

Written by Colleen Robinson, Forest Stewards Guild.

The Hands On! Philanthropy workshop of UW-Madison is designed to help participants become more intentional in their community service and giving. Participants contemplate the power of purposeful philanthropy as they clarify and articulate what matters to them most, and then identify, research, and partner with nonprofits that share their vision.

Internships building the future of forest stewardship

The Forest Stewards Guild partners with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to help build the future of forest stewardship. Internship opportunities offer new and aspiring professionals hands- and minds-on experiences in tackling the challenges of forest management in true Guild style; in ways that are sustainable, responsible and that honor the needs of the forests and the communities who depend on them. Joseph Becker, an Ohio State University graduate, and an intern in this program in South Carolina since mid-February, shares his experience.

Women Owning Woodlands Success Series - Feature Pennsylvania

Written by Leonora Pepper, Forest Stewards Guild, The second success story in our series will leave you "wow'd," yet again. Amanda Subjin of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy has a background in forest management and education. She coordinates Delaware Highlands Conservancy’s Women and their Woods (WOW) program, which serves women landowners in Pennsylvania and New York. This success story highlights her thoughts and insight on how the program was born, the needs it addresses, and some of its sweetest successes.

New, from your Membership and Policy Council

Your MPC is enthusiastic and busy this year! Enjoy this snapshot of current events and please stay in touch. We want to hear from members and bring your ideas into our discussions. We will regularly provide updates as our work progresses.

Fire-adapted forests and communities across the country

The Guild is deeply engaged in fire from several angles. A brand-new Guild research report, Increasing wildfire awareness and reducing human-caused ignitions in Northern New Mexico, focuses on preventable wildfires.

Women Owning Woodlands Success Series - Feature Oregon WOWNet

Prepare to be "wow'd," as we share this Women Owning Woodlands program success story. Vision, dedication, enthusiasm, and the greater good all drive these program leaders in the midst of limited resources and the inertia of new, unfamiliar ideas. 

Atlantic White Cedar Restoration - looking back on 27 years of effort

Written by Bob Williams

Atlantic white cedar forest ecosystems are globally-threatened. Found along the east coast from Maine to the Gulf of Mexico, they have declined more than 90 percent since colonial settlement and the decline continues each year. Fire, beaver, flooding, hardwood succession, hurricanes and tornados continue to impact the remnant stands. Cedar has become a minor component of these wetland areas; thus, when a disturbance that once regenerated it occurs, cedar quickly loses its competitive edge to the now more dominant wetland hardwood species. Without intervention and restoration efforts, the decline will continue.  

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."

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