Welcome to the Forest Guild

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.

Putting the forest first

Forest Guild members are committed to putting the forest first. We feel the well-being of human society is dependent on responsible forest management that places the highest priority on the maintenance and enhancement of the entire forest ecosystem. We practice ecological forestry that uses nature as a model for sustainable resource mangement. Read more about our mission and principles here.

Visit the Forest 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!)

Join Us!

The Forest Guild is a professional organization of foresters and allied natural resource professionals that practice and promote ecologically, economically, and socially responsible forestry. The Guild engages in education, training, policy analysis, research, and advocacy to foster excellence in stewardship, support practicing foresters and other natural resource professionals. We also seek to engage woodland owners, communities, and the public in the challenges of forest conservation and management. Join us and support forest stewardship!