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Guild Completes Study on Forest Harvest Restrictions

On March 29th, the Forest Stewards Guild presented our final report to the Wisconsin Council on Forestry for our research report Economic and Ecological Effects of Forest Practices and Harvesting Constraints on Wisconsin’s Forest Resources and Economy. The report was a component of the Wisconsin Forest Practices Study.

Annual report 2015

2015 was an important and memorable year for the Guild and we want to use this opportunity to share some of our highlights with you in our 2015 Annual Report. Our Board of Directors, our Membership and Policy Council, and our active members all share the goals of seeing the Guild grow and become more effective at achieving our mission. In 2015, we made some important and necessary investments to make that possible. We are fortunate to have a very talented program staff who lead our work across the country. In addition, almost every project we take on is successful in large part because of the collaboration of our members and our many partners. Read more about our projects in the 2015 Annual Report.

Forest Climate Working Group

The Forest Climate Working Group has just released an important set of tools and recommendations for using the power of our forests in the effort to counter climate change. The Guild is a partner in the Working Group, and together with our partners we’ll be reaching out to our members and colleagues to put these tools in the hands of policy makers in states throughout the U.S.    

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."

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