Guild Gatherings Coming to a Forest Near You

Guild Gatherings Coming to a Forest Near You

Summer is in full swing across the landscape, and the woods are alive with the sounds of Forest Stewards Guild Gatherings.

In June, Guild members and friends from multiple cohorts gathered for a two-day field tour of Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge and the Dartmouth Second College Land Grant in northern New Hampshire. Tom LaPointe and colleagues at Umbagog, along with Kevin Evans and Riley Patry at Dartmouth, led the group through exciting in-woods discussions of management history, ecological site characteristics, objectives for wildlife and climate change adaptation, and silvicultural options for restoring and enhancing those characteristics over the long term.

Mark your calendars now for these exciting Guild Gatherings coming to a forest near you!

July 21-22: Forest Stewards Guild 2017 Lake States Meeting - WI

In the Lake States, we often look at how to sustainably manage young forests to have the characteristics of older forests. For this 1.5-day meeting, we plan to focus on situations where we have relatively old forests and now are at a decision point as to how to move forward while balancing the ecological, economic, and social attributes of the forest.

July 29: Hyla Woods Field Tour near Gaston, OR

The Hayes family, Jerry Franklin, Norm Johnson, Mark Miller, and staff of the Forest Stewards Guild invite you to join Guild members and others from around the region for a field tour at Hyla Wood's Mt. Richmond Forest near Gaston, OR. We will enjoy a daylong gathering outdoors with time for thoughtful discussion on how we'll build a stronger chapter of the Forest Stewards Guild in our region. Afterwards we'll come down from Mt. Richmond and continue the conversation at a nearby pub where we'll celebrate the publication of Jerry Franklin and Norm Johnson's long awaited new book, and discuss current forest issues and opportunities.

August 18 - Climate Adaptation in the NorthWoods Demonstration Forest - VT

This tour of NorthWoods Stewardship Center's 1,473 acre Guild Model Forest will focus on climate-adapted silviculture and management, showing our use of Foresters for the Birds guidelines in a 2012-13 variable retention thinning/group selection harvest in northern hardwoods, and NIACS Adaptation Workbook recommendations. The field tour is followed by a potluck/cookout at 2:30 p.m.

September 15-16 Cherokee Boy Scout Reservation and Duke University Forest

Our two-day gathering will focus on innovative silviculture in the southern Piedmont region focusing on hardwood management and mixed oak-shortleaf pine.  We'll bring together long-time Guild members, new friends, and our colleagues in the region.