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Zander Evans, Guild Executive Director as of October 1, 2017

The Forest Stewards Guild welcomes Zander Evans, Director of Research and Programs as the new Executive Director, as of October 1, 2017.

Zander's work will build on that of the recent Executive Director, Fred Clark. Fred, in turn, is now Senior Forester and remains actively involved with the Guild, particularly in our Lake States programs.

Staff Changes in Southwest Office

The Forest Stewards Guild’s Southwest Program, based in Santa Fe New Mexico, is growing! Due to our collaborative efforts with our partners in the region, the Guild is excited to announce promotions for Matt Piccarello and Esme Cadiente and the addition of Leonora Pepper and Sam Berry to the team.   

Read the press release here!

A Note from Our Director

Growing Our Guild Community in 2017

To Our Members and Supporters,

As I reflect on what we have achieved together, I've realized what many of our members already know: the Guild is much more than a professional society - we're a community of people from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines who share a common goal of conserving forests for all their values. As members, supporters, and partners of the Guild, you are an important part of that community. This year, we’re planning a number of activities to build on that strength.

2016 Annual Review

Inside the pages of the 2016 Forest Stewards Guild Annual Review, you’ll find Guild Staff and partners putting forest stewardship principles into action. We’re reaching from coast to coast with program staff now deepening our roots in five regions of the country. And while we’re excited about our expanding reach, we know that the real difference we make is with people.

National Forest Foundation: 2016 Barrett Foundation Challenge Offers $100,000 Award

The National Forest Foundation (NFF) has announced the 2016 Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge to foster innovation in natural resource management. This unique competition is open to representatives from for-profit and nonprofit organizations, tribal entities, businesses, individuals and students, staff, or faculty at nationally accredited colleges and universities. 

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 conversion, 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 possible without the members of our bottomland hardwoods working group, field forum participants, and reviewers.

Guild Completes Study on Forest Harvest Restrictions

On March 29th, the Forest Stewards Guild presented our final report to the Wisconsin Council on Forestry for our research report Economic and Ecological Effects of Forest Practices and Harvesting Constraints on Wisconsin’s Forest Resources and Economy. The report was a component of the Wisconsin Forest Practices Study.

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 Climate Working Group

The Forest Climate Working Group has just released an important set of tools and recommendations for using the power of our forests in the effort to counter climate change. The Guild is a partner in the Working Group, and together with our partners we’ll be reaching out to our members and colleagues to put these tools in the hands of policy makers in states throughout the U.S.    

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