Forest Stewards Guild Public Policy
The goal of the Forest Stewards Guild's public policy work is to improve the effectiveness of forestry regulations and laws in encouraging and ensuring excellence in forest stewardship by educating policy makers, advocacy groups, and the public on practical aspects of forestry. Many policies that affect forests are not based on adequate information and do not promote ecologically, economically, and socially responsible forestry. Instead, forest issues are frequently addressed in responses to crises such as catastrophic wildfire, endangered species concerns, or global market fluctuations, with wide swings in political motivations and approaches.
The Guild is seeking to improve forest policy at both the national and local levels through science-based advocacy and by providing policymakers with our expert opinion.
- Investing in Fire Adapted Communities & Resilient Landscapes
The Guild is deeply invested in creating fire adapted communities and building resilient landscapes. At the national policy level, long-term funding solutions that reforms the way the federal government budgets for wildfire are crucial. Read the RVCC issue paper here.
- Forest Biomass
For more detail on the Forest Stewards Guild's work on forest biomass please see the biomass program page.
The Forest Stewards Guild policy statement on biomass covers a variety of key issues including the promise and limitations of biomass for energy and its context in an overall energy strategy, protections for forest health, highest and best utilization of biomass, the sustainable use of biomass to mitigate climate change, biomass removals on public lands, and more. Adherence to these policies will ensure that biomass can play an important role in our energy future while sustaining ecosystem health over the long term. Read the policy statement here.
- Climate Change
The Guild advocates for using the power of our forests in the effort to counter climate change and for the inclusion of excellent forestry in carbon cap and trade systems. For more information, click here.
Working Forest Conservation Easements
The Guild advocates for conservation easements that protect the working forest as well as its ecological and social values. For more information, click here.
- Migrant Forest Workers
The Guild endeavors to improve policies affecting the conditions of migrant forest workers. For more information, click here.
- Collaborative Restoration
The Guild works as a core member of the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition to find policy solutions to the ecological and economic challenges faced by many forest-dependent communities. The Guild has testified before Congress about national legislation to promote collaborative restoration. Read the RVCC issue paper Achieving Outcomes through Collaboration
- Community-Scale, Integrated Biomass Utilization
As part of the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition the Forest Stewards Guild helped to draft an issue paper on woody biomass, which includes a vision for woody biomass utilization that helps catalyze rural development and forest restoration. The issue paper also present a policy strategy to support commuinity-scale, integrated woody biomass utilization.
Forest Stewards Guild policy statements are voted on for approval by the Guild’s professional membership.
- Forest Biomass
- Climate Change
- Forester Licensing
- State-Level Forest Practices Regulations
- Transgenic Trees
- Silviculture for Natural Forests
- Public Lands
Guild position statements are developed under the umbrella of a policy statement and are adopted by the Membership and Policy Council.
- Forests in the Farm Bill, March 16, 2017
- Statement on Elimination of Funding for Wisconsin Forests, March 6th, 2017
- Lettter on Fire Suppression Funding Solutions, 2016
- Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition 2016 issue papers
- Testimony supporting the Joint Fire Science Program to the
- Statement on Wisconsin Managed Forest Law Legislation, 2016
- Letter in support of the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, 2015
- Maine Forest Policy - Forest Stewards Guild Position Statement, 2015
- Letter to the USFWS about the Northern Long-Eared Bat 4(d) Rule, 2015
- Letter to the USFWS about the Northern Long-Eared Bat, 2014
- Endangered Species Listing of the Northern Long-Eared Bat, 2014
- Addressing the wildfire funding problem, 2014
- Comments on New American Forest Foundation (AFF) 2015‐2020 Standards of Sustainability
- Call for the EPA to include forest carbon offsets in rulemaking, 2014
- Maintaining Effective Funding for Wildfire Risk Reduction, 2013
- A Call for Fire Suppression Funding Solutions, 2013
- Land and Water Conservation Fund's Forest Legacy Program in Oregon, 2013
- Carbon Sequestration and Storage in Forests, 2009
- Statement to New Mexico's Environmental Improvement Board on Climate Change, 2009
- Vermont’s Use Value Appraisal Program, 2007
- Oregon Measure 37, 2007
- Roadless Area Conservation Rule for National Forests, 2003
- Federal Environmental Rollbacks - Environmental Policy on the National Forests: Change the Outcomes, not the Process, 2003
- Liquidation Harvesting (Maine), 2003
- Regarding “Citizen’s Call for Ecological Forest Restoration: Forest Restoration Principles and Criteria”, 2003
- High-Yield Production Forestry, 2000
The Guild provides statements and testimony on national legislation and policies related to forest and the communities that depend on them. The Guild and its members are also active on policy issues at state and local level.
- Forest Landscape Restoration Act, April 1, 2008. Testimony to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
- Oversight Wildfire Preparedness, June 19, 2007. Testimony to the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, House Committee on Natural Resources.
- Forest Emergency Recovery Research Act, November 10, 2005. Statement for the Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health, House Committee on Natural Resources.
- Regarding the Restoration of Forests After Catastrophic Fire, July 15, 2004. Statement for the Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health, House Committee on Natural Resources.
- Regarding the Implementation of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act and Community Wildfire Protection Plans, June 28, 2004. Statement for the Subcommittee on Forestry, Conservation, and Rural Revitalization, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.
- Jobs and Sustainable Forestry, February 4, 2004. Testimony to the Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health, House Committee on Natural Resources.
- Implementation of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003, December 15, 2003. Testimony to the Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health, House Committee on Natural Resources.
- Concerns about the Healthy Forests Restoration Act, July 22, 2003. Testimony to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
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