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Successful Solutions for Reducing Wildfire Risk

Each year wildfires damage homes, businesses, communities, watersheds, and forests on millions of acres across the U.S. However there are effective ways to reduce the impact of wildfire. A new report, Evaluating the Effectiveness of Wildfire Mitigation Activities in the Wildland-Urban Interface, shares lessons learned from communities across New Mexico. Read a summary here.

The Forest Stewards Guild

Welcome back to The Forest Stewards Guild. In July, the Forest Guild Board of Directors formally restored the name we operated under as a membership organization from 1996 to 2004. Restoring our original name highlights the unique niche that so many of our professional members fill as stewards of some of the finest forests in North America. It’s an extra word that means a lot. With a new name and look, we’re honoring our traditions while looking forward to challenges and growth in our 20th year. Thank you for for all you do for forests, and for supporting the Forest Stewards Guild.

Watershed Restoration Workshops, August 15 and 29 Dixon, NM

Dixon, NM— The New Mexico State Land Office (NM SLO) and Forest Stewards Guild have partnered to implement several unique and innovative land restoration initiatives in the Rio de las Trampas and Lower Embudo Watersheds between Picuris Pueblo and Dixon. Their work is in response to ongoing accelerated soil loss and the growing threat of wildfire to forests and woodlands.

Forest Stewards Guild Position Statement on Maine Forest Policy

Recent legislative and budgetary proposals Maine have the collective potential to significantly impact Maine's forests.  Spurred by many of our Maine members, the Forest Stewards Guild is taking a public position on these important issues. Click here to read the Forest Stewards Guild's new position statement and position summary.  

Forest Stewards Guild study of harvest constraints in Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s 16 million acres of forestland are crucial to the well-being and wealth of all Wisconsin citizens. In 2012, the Wisconsin forestry and forest products industry directly added $23 billion to the state’s economy. Other forest benefits such as recreation, hunting, fishing, and clean water also have a large (if more difficult to measure) economic impact. Because forests and forestry provide benefits to many different stakeholders, any effort to enhance one benefit may limit other benefits.

A Year to be Thankful: Forest Stewards Guild Annual Report

Throughout the seasons and the changes of 2014, the Forest Guild has actively advanced forest stewardship across the forest landscape. As the year’s end approaches, we would like to pause and share the highlights of a busy year and offer thanks to our many members, supporters, and active partners who have made our successes possible. Our annual report has a brief updates from across the country. Read it here.

New Forest Stewards Guild Executive Director: Fred Clark

The Forest Guild is pleased to announce that, after a extensive nation-wide search, the Board of Directors selected Fred Clark to lead the Guild to grow in new and exciting ways in the coming years. Fred comes to the position as a long-time Forest Guild member and a career natural resource professional. In a career spanning over 30 years, Fred has worked as an arborist, a forest ecologist, a consulting forester and forestry contractor and, most recently as a three-term representative to the Wisconsin State Assembly As the Wisconsin Chief State Forester, stated: "Fred Clark has the integrity, passion, energy, dedication, thoughtfulness and drive to lead the Guild in its quest to expand the practice of ecologically, economically, and socially responsible forestry."

Position Statement on the Endangered Species Listing of the Northern Long-Eared Bat

The Lake States members of the Forest Guild have worked with the Membership and Policy Council to write a position statement on the Northern Long-Eared Bat (NLEB). The statement supports the application of the ESA to protect rare species in general and recognizes the need for NLEB conservation action. However, members are concerned that potential forest management restrictions resulting from the listing will have negative impacts on forest managers’ ability to manage forests responsibly, and on local forest dependent communities that will outweigh the protection afforded to NLEB under the ESA.  The Forest Guild is committed to promote and implement forestry practices that enhance NLEB habitat in our region, to maintain populations in the face of WNS and beyond. Please read the whole statement.

State of Forests and Forestry in western Maine and northern NH

The Forest Guild produced a report for the Northern Forest Investment Initiative on the state of forests, forestry, and forest-dependent communities in the Androscoggin Valley-Mahoosuc Region of western Maine and northern New Hampshire.  The report combines interview material with data to capture the major influences on the forest and rural communities in the region. The Northern Forest Investment Initiative is a collaboration of organizations working to increase investment in the forest-based economy and communities in rural New England and New York. 

Bat-Friendly Forestry Workshop

Join Dovetail Partners and Forest Guild members to learn about bat-friendly forestry in Minnesota. On October 30th, researchers will present information about what is known about forest-dwelling bats in the state, current research needs, and the status of the listing process for the Northern Long-Eared Bat (NLEB). On October 31st, a field tour will be held that will include visiting forest management treatment sites to review "bat-friendly forestry" activities and discuss alternatives for protecting bat habitat needs. Register here.

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