Forest Guild Public Policy
One plants trees to benefit another generation.The goal of the Forest 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 excellent 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.
Caecilius Statius (220 B.C. - 168 B.C.)
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.
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Current Policy Efforts
- Forest Biomass
For more detail on the Forest Guild's work on forest biomass please see the biomass program page.
The new Forest Guild policy statment on biomass covers 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 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.
- Wildfire and Poverty
Through a partnership with researchers at the University of Oregon, the Guild is advocating for a more just distribution of wildfire preparation funds. For more information, click here. The Guild has testified before Congress about the links between wildfire and poverty. 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.
- Community-Scale, Integrated Biomass Utilization
As part of the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition the Forest 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.
Policy StatementsForest Guild policy statements are voted on for approval by the Guild’s professional membership.
Guild position statements are developed under the umbrella of a policy statement and are adopted by the Membership and Policy Council.
- 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
- 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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Forest Wisdom Issue 20
From oak restoration to natural regeneration of loblolly pine to linking the supply chain though a forest partnership, this issue of Forest Wisdom
, encapsulates what is best about the Forest Guild—humility, openness to trying new things, and a willingness to share knowledge to benefit the practice of forestry. Read the issue here.