Across the Landscape

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

Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition in Santa Fe

At the end of January, the Forest Stewards Guild helped host the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition (RVCC) national meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Guild has long been a member of RVCC because it gives us a stronger

 voice in national policy and connects us with innovative organizations who share our vision for vibrant human and ecological communities.

 

Clint Trammel and the Missouri Conservation Hall of Fame

A personal reflection, written by Al Sample, Chair of the Forest Stewards Guild board of directors.

The Missouri Conservation Commission recently voted to induct Clint Trammel, a member of the Forest Stewards Guild founding board, into the Missouri Conservation Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on April 25 at Clint’s beloved Pioneer Forest in the heart of the Missouri Ozarks. 

 

Pro Silva and Guild connections

Pro Silva Europe is celebrating its 30-year anniversary this September in Slovenia. It is an organization which promotes close to nature forestry and continuous-cover forest systems. Established in 1989 in Slovenia, today ProSilva has 22 full members and several other countries with associate membership, which is testament to the broad reach and interest of the organization’s principles. The Forest Stewards Guild has joined as an associated member strongly aligned with ProSilva’s vision.

New England Forest Climate Adaptation Listening Sessions

The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) and Forest Stewards Guild have teamed up to conduct a needs assessment for New England and New York, to gain input on key areas of uncertainty and questions regarding climate change so we can help promote science to address managers' needs. The partners held a series of forest adaptation listening sessions and forest managers and scientists have also been providing input through an online questionnaire. Plans are progressing for more listening sessions in New York State in early 2019. 

This article offers an interim update on what NIACS and the Guild have been learning. 

Gulf Corps Connections

After the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, organizations from across the Gulf of Mexico were searching for ways to restore the area’s ecology, revive the economy and heal the connection between residents and their natural resources. The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with the Student Conservation Association and The Corps Network, developed the Gulf Corps program to employ young adults in each of the five states surrounding the Gulf of Mexico.

Training the Next Generation of Forest Stewards

Written by Mike Lynch

A couple years ago, the late Jack Culpepper reached out to then Executive Director Fred Clark about starting a Guild internship at the Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge in McBee, SC. Jack had mentored nearly 30 interns during his time at the Refuge but had a vision for improving the experience for the intern and the Refuge and looked to the Guild for help.

Guild FSC land in Michigan undergoes audit

Written by Mike Lynch

In 2016, the Forest Stewards Guild became the owner of 410 acres of predominantly northern hardwood forestland in Houghton County Michigan; and in 2018, these lands became certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The Guild saw great potential as demonstration sites for “Guild-style Forestry” and developed goals for the property.

Bogs and Outwash - reflections from a Guild Gathering

The Guild's Pacific North region hosted three Guild Gatherings in 2018, thanks to the hosting and help of Guild members and partners. The results are new connections, new ideas shared and deliberated, and increased energy toward the future. The most recent gathering, in Washington, had a unique format and garnered valuable insights in its evaluation.

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. 

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