Across the Landscape

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

Rock Climbing with the El Rito YCC Crew

The conglomerate cliff-face loomed fifty above, and the members of the El Rito Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) crew looked uncertainly towards the top. The ropes had been set up, and everyone had a harness, helmet, and climbing shoes, yet nobody wanted to be the first one to go. Eventually, one person volunteered to start things off, and before long each member of the crew had tried their hand at climbing the crag. None of them had ever been climbing before.

Fire in Oak: Regional Differences, Local Applicability

The North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange (NAFSE), in which the Forest Stewards Guild is a partner, held a two-day workshop on Fire in Oak: Regional Differences, Local Applicability. Hosted by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MA DFW), the workshop featured a full-day field trip to fire-influenced oak sites in the vicinity of Westborough, Massachusetts, as well as an outstanding indoor program featuring speakers with fire and oak experience in New England and beyond. Participants came from federal, state, and local agencies as well as universities, conservation organizations, and consulting businesses, all with an interest in fire, oak, or both.

National Forest Foundation: 2016 Barrett Foundation Challenge Offers $100,000 Award

The National Forest Foundation (NFF) has announced the 2016 Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge to foster innovation in natural resource management. This unique competition is open to representatives from for-profit and nonprofit organizations, tribal entities, businesses, individuals and students, staff, or faculty at nationally accredited colleges and universities. 

First Issue of The Forest Steward

We're happy to announce the release of the first issue of our new publication The Forest Steward!

Ecological Forestry in Durango, Mexico

During the week of June 6th, the Guild’s Research Director, Zander Evans, travelled to Durango, Mexico to talk about ecological forestry. He was invited to participate in the North American Forest Commission’s silviculture working group meeting. The meeting was hosted by Mexico’s Comisión Nacional Forestal and featured participants from the Canadian and US forest services. Zander shared the Guild’s research on mixed conifer forests and our experience working with communities on sustainable forest management. Other presentations focused on new efforts in Mexico to integrate increased protection of biodiversity into community managed forests – a theme very familiar to Guild members.

FSC Supplementary Requirements for National Forest Certification

Second Public Consultation Now Open!

Forest Stewardship Council US invites your participation in the second public consultation of the supplemental requirements for FSC certification of lands managed by the US Forest Service. Your review and input in this process is essential for a successful outcome, and we hope you will take some time to share your perspectives with us.
 
The 30-day consultation period closes on July 3, 2016.
 
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Forestry for Maine Birds Workshop, May 18, 2016

Spring has sprung in Maine, and May 18 turned out to be the perfect day for a Forestry for Maine Birds workshop in Standish, Maine. This event was co-hosted by the Forest Stewards Guild, Maine Forest Service, Maine Audubon Society, and the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine (SWOAM). 

Loving the Land Workshop

Saturday, May 14 was a cold and soggy day in Northwestern Pennsylvania, but that didn’t keep people away from the Loving the Land Through Working Forests conference presented by the Foundation for Sustainable Forests.

Nearly 100 woodland owners, forest conservationists and professional land managers and foresters attended the conference held at a 140-acre woodlot near the small town of Corry, PA. Representing the Forest Stewards Guild was Amanda Mahaffey, Northeast Region Director.

New study shows how fast pests have spread through our forests

A new study recently published by Forest Stewards Guild's Research Director, Zander Evans, sheds light on the speed of past forest invaders. Invasive, exotic insects and diseases have a devastating effect on North American forests and their rate of spread is one of the main determinants of an invasive organism’s impact.

Guild Members Join Advocacy for Maine Public Forest Lands

Maine has a long tradition of thoughtful, long-term management of public forestlands. Forest Stewards Guild members in Maine, both within and outside of the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, have helped educate the public about the value of that tradition in the face of unprecedented changes, including significant increases in the annual allowable cut proposed last year during the state budget process. 

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