Guild Gatherings Highlights

Forest Stewards Guild members convened at two recent Guild Gatherings in Vermont and California, rekindling the "spark" of forest stewardship across the landscape.

On Sunday, April 30, over twenty Guild members and colleagues gathered in Thetford and Strafford, Vermont for a look at northern hardwood silviculture. Led by Ehrhard Frost and Steve Harrington, the group looked at a series of interesting field sites and discussed silvicultural options in a sugar bush, a diverse Town Forest property, and recent timber sales in white pine-dominated stands. Field discussions were rich as Guild members shared their experiences and perspectives on the challenges and various management options. The group segued the field discussions to a pub to brainstorm ideas for increasing Guild activities and member engagement in Vermont and neighboring states.

It rained a little in Fort Bragg, California during May 12-13, but the weather failed to dampen the spirits and enthusiasm of a group of Guild members and friends that gathered for a field tour at the Parker Ten Mile Ranch. The fifteen attendees had a very productive field tour and conversation centered around the management of micro-sites through silvicultural treatments designed to mimic small windfall disturbance events. The group discussed silvicultural options that emulate the natural disturbance regime, enhance older forest characteristics, and foster growth of redwoods and Douglas-fir. Linwood Gill, the Guild's California Coordinator has plans in the works for an October field tour at Collins Pine.

These Guild Gatherings are the first in a series of events being offered in 2017 in forests across the country. To find an event near you, please visit. www.forestguild.or/guildgatherings. See you in the woods!