Across the Landscape

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

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. 

What Is Retirement? Thoughts from Peter Bundy.

Our long-time member, Peter Bundy, shares some of his thoughts as he embarks on a very new kind of year. Peter retired this year from Masconomo Forestry and the Forest Stewards Guild holds a special place in the history of his career. 

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. 

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