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2015 Southwest fire season

Fewer acres burned in wildfire in the Southwest in 2015 than the average for the preceding decade and most of the area burned at low severity. The snowpack from the 2014/2015 winter was below normal, but the El Niño pattern combined with other factors to drive a moist spring and minimize windy and dry conditions. Prescribed fires covered 120,066 acres or 37% of the total acres burned in 2015, the highest percentage of acres burned in the Southwest since 2003.

Bottomland Hardwood Forest Management

Bottomland hardwood forests are critically important to biodiversity, wildlife, carbon storage, recreation, and clean water in the Southeastern U.S. Unfortunately, these forests are exceptionally threatened by land conversation, invasive species, raising temperatures, more frequent intense storms, and altered hydrology. The Forest Stewards Guild's new report, Ecological Forestry Practices for Bottomland Hardwood Forests of the Southeastern U.S., combines scientific knowledge with boots-on-the-ground experience to produce meaningful, solution-oriented tools that can help improve the stewardship of this resource. This work would not have been possiblehe without the members of our bottomland hardwoods working group, field forum participants, and reviewers.

June 2 - An Evening in the Pines

An Evening in the Pines

Celebrating Youth in Natural Resource Conservation

Join us as we celebrate the Forest Stewards Guild youth conservation corps (YCC) program and honor long-time Guild employee Orlando Romero whose leadership made this program possible. Please join us on Thursday, June 2, 2016, from 5:30 – 8:00 PM at Hyde Memorial State Park, Santa Fe, New Mexico, with special guests, dinner and refreshments.

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 Stewards Guild 2016 National Meeting


Save the date! July 13-15, 2016 in Duluth, MN

The Forest Stewards Guild 2016 National Meeting and Minnesota Society of American Foresters Summer Meeting is happening in Duluth, MN and surrounding field sites July 13-15, 2016. The theme of Restoration, Conservation, and Collaboration has led us to also join forces with The Nature Conservancy Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan Chapters for this event. This is a gathering you won't want to miss!

Click here for details and to register