Across the Landscape

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

Request for reports of two-lined chestnut borer on specific species

From Robert Haack, PhD, Research Entomologist emeritus, USFS

"Greetings from Michigan.  Here is a simple question for you.  Is anyone aware of a report that documents the native twolined chestnut borer (TLCB, Agrilus bilineatus) infesting Chinese (Castanea mollissima), European (C. sativa), or Japanese (C. crenata) chestnut trees (or their crosses) in North America, or any Asian or European oak species (other than English oak, Q. robur)?"

NIACS Community of Practice project

The Forest Stewards Guild is teaming up with the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) to strengthen the forester community of practice for responding to climate change in New England. This "community of practice" includes people like members of the Forest Stewards Guild who are applying ecological forestry concepts on the ground and sharing lessons from their work. 

Carolina Sandhills NWR: Internship Experience

Written by Rebecca Cherian: These six months opened my eyes to how much work goes into running a federal refuge. Throughout my stay, I worked with the forestry, wildlife, and the fire/maintenance departments. I learned about how these three different programs work together to fulfill various federal objectives. They’ve taught and equipped me with important skills and knowledge that I can use in future wildlife jobs.

Leopold, a Model Forest, and hand-crafted reflections

On a late Saturday afternoon in October, a dozen people gathered at the Lydia Spitzer Demonstration Forest. This Forest Stewards Guild Model Forest is located at the NorthWoods Stewardship Center in Charleston, Vermont. Although workshops are a common weekend activity at this Model Forest, this afternoon participants gathered for a unique opportunity to collaborate as a community to construct a Leopold Bench and reflect on the works of Aldo Leopold.

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.

 

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