Across the Landscape

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

Greetings from the All-Hands All-Lands Burn Team!

In the last few weeks the All-Hands All-Lands Burn (AHAL) Burn Team has gone from a concept to a force on the ground that's completed over 2800 acres of burning across the Rio Grande watershed. Now we're all looking forward to even more accomplishments from the rest of this fall and into the winter and spring!

 

Guild awards and connections during SAF Portland

The 2018 Society of American Foresters National Convention brought together foresters from across the U.S. and Canada, including numerous members of the Forest Stewards Guild who were woven into the program as speakers, facilitators, poster presenters, organizers, and field trip and workshop hosts.

Two Guild members were among those honored with the SAF Presidential Field Forester Award. Christina Harrigan of Gracie & Harrigan Consulting Foresters in New Jersey received the award for District 7, and Geoff Jones of Loveland Forestry in New Hampshire received the award for District 6.

Welcome Daniel Godwin

Welcome Daniel Godwin, the Assistant Director of Fire Management for the Forest Stewards Guild and the Assistant Module Lead for Gravitas Peak Wildland Fire Module. Daniel works with a variety of partners to support getting “good fire” back onto the landscape to improve ecosystem services and reduce wildfire risk. Check out his staff bio on our website. Daniel brings a diverse background in fire ecology and management. He has burned in nine different states and hopes to help put good fire on the ground in the other forty-one.

Welcome Kendal Martel

Welcome Kendal Martel, the Program Coordinator for the Southwest Office. Kendal works with Guild partners to coordinate outreach and engagement around Fire Adapted Communities, collaborative forest restoration, and community-based forest management. Check out her staff bio on our website.

INTERFAZ: Lessons in Wildfire from Chile’s Urban-Forest Interface

On an afternoon in late June 2018, in the Biobio region of southwestern Chile, thirty firefighters assembled to defend a rural property from an advancing wildfire. On a steep slope marking the division between the house and grounds below and many acres of industrial pine plantation above, three hand crews labored to construct fire line to hold the approaching flames. Meanwhile, two fire engines stood ready to extinguish any spot fires or embers that might reach the structure, and a few firefighters took time to reassure the local residents on site who were distressed at seeing the mounting risk to their homes. In spite of having come together only a few days prior, the thirty fire professionals seemed to work together seamlessly under an organized structure of command to prepare for the fire’s imminent arrival over the adjacent ridge.

 

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.”

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