Protecting Forests, Watersheds, and Communities with Controlled Fire

The Forest Guild and the New Mexico State Land Office conducted a controlled burn north of Black Lake, New Mexico that reduced the threat of wildfires, restored important ecological systems, and trained fire professionals and community members. "Forests of the Southwest need fire to be healthy, and this site will be a safer, healthier place for visitors, wildlife, and neighbors," said Forest Guild executive director Mike DeBonis. Read the media release here.

Successful Youth Conservation Program completed by the Forest Stewards Guild and the Cibola National Forest

The Forest Guild and the Mt. Taylor Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest and Grasslands recently completed a successful collaborative project dedicated to training low-income and tribal youth in conservation jobs in the Zuni Mountains. To date, the project has employed 10 low-income and tribal youth from Cibola and McKinley Counties with an interest in forest restoration and management. The data collection performed by this crew will enable the Cibola to mitigate catastrophic fire across an additional 700 acres. The forest restoration crew has also undertaken water resource protection projects at sensitive habitat locations for an endangered species currently being listed under the Endangered Species Act. Read the media release here.

Prescribed burn planned for north of Black Lake, New Mexico on New Mexico State Land Office managed lands

The Forest Stewards Guild is preparing for a prescribed burn in October of Ponderosa pine and dry mixed conifer forests north of Black Lake, New Mexico on New Mexico State Land Office managed lands. Funded by the USDA Forest Service Collaborative Forest Restoration Program (CFRP), the project will restore the health of the Upper Coyote Creek watershed by reducing the risk of large high intensity wildfires and improving soil, understory diversity, and hydrological conditions. The area to be burned has already been thinned and heavy fuels have been removed.

Forest Stewards Guild releases new guidelines for the sustainable harvest of forest biomass in the Pacific Northwest

The Forest Stewards Guild's new guidelines for sustainable harvest of forest biomass in the Northwest detail how to produce renewable energy from the region's forests while still protecting them for future generations.Developing domestic, renewable sources of energy is a national priority, and in the Northwest, forest biomass is a potential source of renewable energy and fuel that also supports local economies.


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