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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.

Prescribed Burn Planned for North of Black Lake, New Mexico on State Land Office Managed Lands

Santa Fe, NM—The Forest Stewards Guild and the New Mexico State Land Office are preparing for a prescribed burn from
September 29 – October 5 of ponderosa pine and dry mixed conifer forests north of Black Lake, New Mexico on State Land Office managed lands. The 900-acre project will restore the health of the Upper Coyote Creek watershed by reducing the risk of large high intensity wildfires. The area is to be broadcast burned and has already been thinned and heavy fuels have been removed.

North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange

The Forest Stewards Guild is part of a new project to increase knowledge about fire and its ecological role to the Northeast. Since 2009, the Forest Stewards Guild has been working with partners in the Southwest to put relevant fire science into the hands of practitioners. Now, with support from the Joint Fire Sciences Program, the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange (NAFSE) will do the same in the Northeast.

Regional Forester Visits Forest Stewards Guild Youth Corps

Regional Forester Cal Joyner of the USDA Forest Service Region 3 on a field visit with the Forest Guild’s Youth Corps, Mountainair NM.

Regional Forester Cal Joyner spent a day visiting and working with the Mountainair Forest Guild Youth Corps crew on the Mountainair Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest. The Forest Guild Youth Corps have maintained a summer youth crew of 16-19 year olds on the Mountainair Ranger District for over 15 years (learn more here). The photo on the right shows them in the 2007 Ojo Peak Fire burned area clearing access to a trailhead and mitigating erosion on an old access route using downed logs. The next step is to key-in the woody debris so that it can catch sediment and limit erosion in the burned area. 

Visit the Forest Stewards Guild Member Website

The Member Site is designed as a private social network where members can network with other Guild members, share ideas and experiences, and find useful forestry information. The site features a blog, discussion forums, a resource library, Regional Working Groups, and more. Click here to visit the member website (or if you're not a Guild member yet please join!)

New Initiative Provides Resources for Communities to Reduce Wildfire Risk

Fire season is upon us and communities across the Southwest are being reminded what it means to live with wildfire. The Forest Guild, in partnership with Santa Fe County Fire Department, and Fire Services Support LLC, is one of eighteen nation-wide hubs of the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (FACLN, www.facnetwork.org) that is providing resources to help communities become fire adapted. The New Mexico hub brings together local stakeholders such as New Mexico State Forestry, the Nature Conservancy, private contractors, and landowners to collaborate on wildfire mitigation, education, and outreach projects. Project partner Anne Bradley, forest program director for the Nature Conservancy notes, “in the last decade we’ve seen wildfires are getting bigger and more and more New Mexico communities at risk. The Forest Guild is providing a great opportunity for neighborhoods and homeowners to learn how to prepare for fire and connect with other communities faced with the same threats.” Read More

Forest Stewards Guild Youth Conservation Corps Program 2014 Kick-Off

Santa Fe, NM – The Forest Stewards Guild’s Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program will kick-off the 2014 field season with a crew member training June 3rd through 5th. Fifty-five YCC crew members ages, 16 to 19, will attend the three day training to be held at Hyde Memorial State Park near Santa Fe, NM.  

Letter to the EPA supporting forest carbon projects

Landowners, scientists, businesses and NGOs, wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency to express their support for the inclusion of compliance-grade forest emissions reductions projects equal to those used by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in the EPA’s upcoming rulemaking regarding greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from power plants. Read the letter here.

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