Across the Landscape

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

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.

The Guild at SAF in Albuquerque

The Society of American Foresters (SAF) conference came to Albuquerque this October, and the Guild showcased our southwest region projects. More than ten Guild members presented their work at the conference, which was attended by hundreds of forestry professionals and students from across the country. The presentations added some progressive ideas, such as an investment fund that supports responsible forestry,  sustainable biomass production in the Southeast, and more. 

Build It with Wood in New England with mass timber

The mission of the New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) is to help landowners conserve and manage their forests, so it is no surprise that a number of NEFF staff are long-time Guild members. One, big-picture way they work toward their mission is through the new Build It with Wood program. Nicole St.

We earned the bronze, with GuideStar

The Forest Stewards Guild was recently recognized for our transparency with a Bronze Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile!  

GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than 8 million visitors per year and a network of 200+ partners use GuideStar data to grow support for nonprofits. 

Putting Good Fire on the Ground in Northern New Mexico

A collaborative prescribed burn brings together wildland firefighters in building ecosystem resilience. The TREX model, developed by The Nature Conservancy’s Fire Learning Network, brings wildland firefighters of all levels together with the joint objectives of putting “good” fire on the ground, creating opportunities for education and outreach to communities at risk of wildfire, and providing a training space for wildland firefighters to build their fire and leadership qualifications.

The Great Acadia Fire 70 Years Later

On October 17, 1947, a fire started in Bar Harbor, Maine, that spread through the town and Acadia National Park. Meanwhile, wildfires sprang up across the drought-stricken Northeast, posing unprecedented challenges. Newspaper headlines blazed, winds shifted, and forests and towns burned while communities grappled with understanding and trying to control the wildfires. By the time the ash settled, the people affected knew that they must prepare in new ways for the next big one.

Looking forward

Stepping into the Executive Director position for the Forest Stewards Guild is a great honor. The Guild’s vision for socially, ecologically, and economically responsible forestry is laudable, and a necessary goal for our society to be sustainable. Even more importantly, the Guild’s members, supporters, and staff put this vision into practice in forests across the country, in multiple ways.

Forest biomass from Austria to Atlanta


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