Across the Landscape

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

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."

Igniting Exchange: the "spark" in the northeast's fire community

Written by Amanda Mahaffey

For many of us trained in forestry in the northeastern United States, fire was not a huge part of the curriculum. We have been taught to think we have an “asbestos forest” incapable of burning. Cape Cod’s Mashpee-Wampanoag Tribe, the residents of Bar Harbor, Maine in 1947, and New Jerseyans today are among the many members of the Northeast’s fire community that would disagree with that perspective. I’m here to tell you that fire is very much a part of our landscape, and that there is a parallel community practicing the stewardship of our fire-adapted forests, natural areas, and human communities that we ought to get to know.

Hunt Forest Walk by Guild members

Hunt Forest Walk, written by Alex Barrett

In late December 2017, MPC member Bruce White found himself in snowy Vermont. As foresters on vacation are sometimes known to do, Bruce wanted to check out the local silviculture. MPC members took the opportunity to have an impromptu woods-walk to give Bruce a taste of New England silviculture, terrain, and weather. This is just one example of how Guild members come together and help others explore and connect to quality forests, all around the country. 

Dartmouth Second College Land Grant

Nested in the crown of New Hampshire, the Dartmouth Second College Grant is a testament to the power of ecological forestry in a hardy landscape. Two lucky foresters, Forest Stewards Guild members Kevin Evans and Riley Patry, are the latest forest managers in the property’s more than 200-year history. Their work demonstrates the principles of forest stewardship and made the Grant a natural fit for the Forest Stewards Guild’s Model Forest designation. 

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