The Forest Guild hosts webinars on a range of topics. Please click here to see a list of upcoming Forest Guild webinars and other events.





  • Forest Biomass Retention and Harvesting Guidelines for the Southeast February 11, 2014
    Presenter: Zander Evans, Forest Guild
    Dr. Evans reviewed biomass harvesting guidelines from Maine to Missouri and how policy and public reaction to harvesting have changed over the last five years. The importance of documenting the sustainability of forest biomass harvests is underscored by sustainability requirements under consideration by the European Union, which would have a significant effect on the burgeoning wood pellet industry in the southeastern U.S. Listen to a recording here.
  • Forest Biomass Retention and Harvesting Guidelines for the Southeast August 1, 2013
    Presenters: Guy Sabin, South Carolina Forestry Commission, & Zander Evans, Forest Guild
    This webinar discussed the Forest Guild's new guidelines for sustainable harvest of forest biomass in the Southeast as well as the Biomass Harvesting BMP's recently adopted by the South Carolina Forestry Commission. Listen to a recording here.
  • Forest Biomass Retention and Harvesting Guidelines for the Pacific Northwest June 11, 2013
    Presenters: Mike DeBonis & Zander Evans, Forest Guild
    This webinar discussed the Forest Guild's new guidelines for sustainable harvest of forest biomass in the Northwest that detail how to produce renewable energy from the region's forests while still protecting them for future generations. The Forest Guild relied on the professional judgment of on-the-ground foresters and scientists from universities and agencies across the Northwest to develop these regional guidelines. Together the members of the working group identified biomass harvesting practices that ensure the forest can support wildlife, maintain biodiversity, provide clean water, sequester carbon, protect soil productivity, and continue to produce income for local landowners over the long term. Listen to a recording here.
  • Forest Carbon Offsets: Is There a Path to Market? March 12, 2013
    Presenter: Dylan Jenkins, Finite Carbon
    Sustainable forestry is a significant financial commitment for landowners of any size. The promise of payments for ecosystem services has long been known to the forestry community as a potential means to promote sustainable forest management by compensating landowners for the many public goods they provide at little or no cost to consumers. In this webinar Dylan will walk managers through the current market and the project development process. He'll dive into actual registered project case studies to discuss opportunities, lessons learned, and show that there is now a viable path to market for domestic forest carbon offsets. Listen to a recording here.
  • Webinar: Influence of legacy-tree retention on group-selection opening persistence February 12, 2013
    Sarah Klingsporn and Christopher Webster from Michigan Tech University discussed the potential of group selection and biological legacy-tree retention to achieve ecologically based management objectives such as enhancing species diversity and stand structural complexity. Their research draws on field studies of a range of group-selection openings which were assessed to determine whether they would persist long enough for regenerating mid-tolerant tree species to successfully recruit into the overstory. Listen to a recording here.
  • Economic Impacts of Large Fires in Rural Communities December 17, 2012
    Presenters Cassandra Moseley and Max Nielsen-Pincus of the Ecosystem Workforce Program, University of Oregon, discussed findings from a recent study that examined how large fires affect local economies and jobs. They explained how suppression spending can help mediate negative of wildfires, and explore factors that influence whether local businesses capture suppression spending.


  • Developing adaptive silvicultural strategies in the context of climate change December 6, 2012
    Presenter: Dr. Linda Nagel, Michigan Tech, School of Forest Res. and Env. Science (webpage)

            Climate change is a pervasive driver of ecosystem change and uncertainty regarding future conditions, and represents a significant threat to many critical ecosystem functions. The uncertain nature of climate change adds an additional dimension to developing sustainable management plans, including the development of silviculture prescriptions. Forest managers need conceptual tools to incorporate adaptation into management approaches. This process begins with reframing objectives and the notion of desired future conditions, which can be especially important where restoration treatments are a priority. Decision-making processes built on principles of adaptive management can help managers assess potential climate-related challenges to their goals and objectives, evaluate the feasibility of existing objectives in the context of climate change, diagnose the need for climate change adaptation efforts, prescribe appropriate treatments, and use monitoring efforts to evaluate treatment effectiveness and gauge the need to adjust management over time. A common emerging adaptation theme is to manage ecosystems for resistance and resilience, which can often be achieved by maintaining and enhancing complexity.
            A case study using northern hardwoods of the Great Lakes region, an extensive and economically important forest type that has undergone significant change and homogenization as a result of past land-use, will be discussed in the context of these tools. Additionally, an adaptive silviculture project will be highlighted that is building science-management partnerships to guide managers through the process of developing site-specific, objectives-driven climate change adaptation treatments. This project will simultaneously establish a framework for a long-term study of responses to several common climate change adaptation options in a variety of forest types across the United States.


  • Forest Health Initiative (FHI): Exploring the relationship between biotechnology and forest health, August 28, 2012
    The Forest Health Initiative (FHI) is a three-year project of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, U.S. Forest Service, and Duke Energy exploring whether there is an appropriate and valuable role for biotechnology in protecting and restoring North America's forest ecosystems. Please join us for a webinar to learn about the FHI's roadmap for guiding the use of biotechnology and their initial work on the American Chestnut. The Forest Guild has served on the Social and Environmental committee of FHI to share the organization's perspectives on biotechnology and to build a better understanding of the social and ecological concerns of forest biotechnology. After a short presentation, there will be ample time to ask questions and share participant perspectives


  • Challenges and Opportunities for Southeastern Working Forests, July 11, 2012
    The Forest Guild is pleased to present a presentation and discussion on retaining working forests in the Southeast. Abigail Weinberg will discuss the new report she authored for the Open Space Institute entitled "Retaining Working Forests." The report looks at the 33-county eastern North Carolina region, examining both the opportunities for conservation and the economic realities facing forest landowners. The region was selected due to its prominence in a mapping analysis identifying Core Working Forest Areas across the southeast. The report and the Core Working Forest Area analysis focuses on Timber Investment Management Organizations and Real Estate Investment Trusts managers of the largest forest ownerships for investors and critical partners in conserving forestland at scale.


  • Analysis of the drivers of urban growth and second home development in the Northern Forest Region of Vermont, March 20, 2012
    The Forest Guild is pleased to present a webinar on a challenging forestry issue: land fragmentation. Drs. Austin Troy and Brian Voigt will present recent work that simulates future land use change driven by both primary residential development in urban and suburban areas and second or vacation home development. The study area includes nine counties in northern Vermont. Based on these results, the project will characterize expected future forest fragmentation and habitat connectivity.


  • Forest Biomass Retention and Harvesting Guidelines for the Southeast, February 24, 2012
    This webinar will discuss the new Forest Guild recommendations for biomass harvesting in the southeastern U.S. The Forest Guild used the best available science and professional judgment of on-the-ground foresters from the region to identify practices that ensure the forest can support wildlife, maintain biodiversity, provide clean water, sequester carbon, protect soil productivity, and continue to produce income for the long term. The guidelines were developed by a working group of 16 Forest Guild members from the Southeast and aided by Forest Guild staff. Together the working group identified practical and flexible targets for biomass retention. The guidelines identify the forest conditions that call for specific amounts of logging residues to remain in the forest during biomass harvest as well as the numbers and sizes of dead and dying standing trees that are necessary to maintain wildlife habitat.


  • Emerging communication opportunities for natural resources professionals, January 10, 2012
    Natural resources professionals have long struggled to increase public understanding of resource management opportunities and issues. Lately, it seems like every time you turn around, somebody's gushing about the marketing and communication opportunities from Google, Twitter, Facebook, and the latest new network. But is new always better? Should you be jumping on this bandwagon? What would that mean in terms of workflow, time, and return on investment? During this focused, practical session we'll define and deconstruct some emerging communication tools in order to help you decide which, if any, should be part of your toolkit and why. Our presenter is Eli Sagor of the University of Minnesota Extension, manager of the website www.MyMinnesotaWoods.umn.edu.


  • Fuels Treatment Practices for Mixed Conifer Forests in the Southwest, May 18, 2011
    Fuels Treatment Practices for Mixed Conifer Forests in California, June 29, 2011
    The webinar covered the guide’s definition of mixed conifer, past land use and management activities, fire regimes and historic conditions, and impact of altered fire regimes in mixed conifer forests. Since Euro-American settlement, many mixed conifer forests have become more homogeneous and can therefore facilitate larger, higher-severity fires than those that occurred historically. Increasing heterogeneity in mixed conifer forests at the landscape scale to approximate historic conditions is important for achieving many management objectives, from fuel reduction to wildlife habitat. Dr. Evans also discussed effectiveness and impacts of different fuels treatment techniques such as prescribed fire, silvicultural treatments, and combinations of cutting and burning in mixed conifer forests. The Guide also draws on interviews with 75 managers and experts and the webinar included the synthesis of their insights into the impediments to management and ways of overcoming them. For example, smoke management and wildlife habitat protections are two common issues that can make treatments more complicated, though not impossible.


  • Ecology of Dead Wood in the Southeast , March 31, 2011
    Dr. Zander Evans will review the recent report produced by the Forest Guild and commissioned by the Environmental Defense Fund in North Carolina. The webinar will cover the general topics of dead wood, water quality, nutrient conservation, and wildlife habitat in Southeastern forests generally as well as in specific forest types, including southern Appalachian hardwoods, upland hardwood and mixed pine-hardwood forests, bottomland hardwoods, and piedmont and coastal plain pinelands. Dr. Evans will also discuss the effect of disturbances, including wind storms, insect outbreaks, fire, and timber harvests on dead wood.
  • Forest Biomass Harvesting and Retention in Maryland, October 20, 2010
    Maryland's Climate Action Plan states that "All biomass will be sustainably harvested" and the Pinchot Institute for Conservation will soon release a new set of guidelines to help land managers do just that. In this webinar Brian Kittler, Project Director at the Pinchot Institute, will discuss the new voluntary guidelines which build upon the state's existing natural resource management policies. The guidelines are the product of a consultative process with state agencies, universities, private forest landowners, and foresters. The goal of the guidelines is to promote sustainable forest management should demand for woody biomass increase. The webinar will also cover the potential for sustainable wood-based bioenergy in Maryland.
  • Sustainable Harvest Guidelines for Biomass, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST, Nov 9
    Bob Perschel and Zander Evans of the Forest Guild will describe and explain their new Biomass Retention and Harvesting Guidelines for the Northeast. The guidelines include specific targets for retention of downed woody material, snags, live decaying trees, and offer data to tailor retention to forest type. The guidelines also provide suggestions for forest harvest operations, silvicultural practice, and carbon management. Join to discuss the policy implications of this work.
  • US EPA Webinar: Biofuels and Sustainability, September 21, 2010
    This webinar will provide a national and regional perspective on sustainability indicators and best practices throughout the biofuel supply chain. In particular, we will look at the guiding principles of sustainability developed by the National Biodiesel Board, and examine policy mechanisms for managing biofuel concerns. Other topics for conversation include the lessons learned while developing Indicators for sustainability, and how to use these indicators to assess biofuel production methods. Understanding indicators for sustainable practices will assist researchers and policy makers in assessing the long-term impacts of biofuels production and use.
  • Methodology for Improved Forest Management Carbon Storage Projects
    Ecotrust has developed a methodology for launching forest carbon sequestration projects that will make it easier for forest manager to participate in the voluntary carbon market. Ecotrust’s new methodology is the first Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Land Use (AFOLU) methodology to complete Voluntary Carbon Standard’s (VCS) double approval process. The methodology, entitled the Methodology for Improved Forest Management through Extension of Rotation Age, details how forest carbon projects to quantify the carbon sequestered through change in management practices. In this webinar, Steve Dettman, Forest Carbon Program Manager at Ecotrust, will explain the methodology and take questions from participants. Please join us for this great opportunity to learn about the voluntary carbon market.
  • A Synthesis of the Science on Forests and Carbon for U.S. Forests
    Dr. Mike Ryan, USDA Forest Service Research Forest Ecologist, presented a scientific synthesis of the forest carbon cycle. The synthesis covers the entire US, but Dr. Ryan focused on the western US for this webinar. Forests play a key role in the carbon cycle and their growth and harvested wood products currently offsets 12-19% of U.S. fossil fuel emissions. The cycle of forest growth, death, and regeneration and the use of wood removed from the forest complicate efforts to understand and measure forest carbon pools and flows. The synthesis explains these processes and examines the science behind mechanisms proposed for increasing the amount of carbon stored in forests and using wood to offset fossil fuel use.
  • Post-wildfire Seeding: Effectiveness, Trends, Manager Perceptions in Forests across the West
    Dr. Pete Fule presented results from the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) project synthesizing existing information on post-wildfire seeding (JFSP ID 08-2-1-11). The webinar covered key findings from an evidence-based systematic review conducted to examine the effectiveness and effects of post-fire seeding treatments on soil stabilization and plant community recovery in forested ecosystems in the western U.S. In addition, Pete presented results from a review of U.S. Forest Service Burned Area Reports which the team used to determine overall trends in post-fire seeding from 1970-2009. The team’s work also covered the current perceptions of post-wildfire seeding decisions and activities based on interviews and telephone surveys of fire managers.
    Click here for a recording of the webinar.
  • Ecological Impact of Mastication, March 2, 2010
    Please join us for a SW Fire Science Consortium webinar. We are happy to have Dr. Mike Battaglia present results from the Joint Fire Science Project on the Ecological Impact of Mastication. Mike will report on the impact of mastication on the chemical and physical conditions of the forest floor, vegetation regrowth, and fuel development. The study includes 18 sites across four ecosystems of the southern Rocky Mountains and the Colorado Plateau: lodgepole pine, mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, and piñon– juniper. These sites were distributed Colorado and represent treatments across several federal, state, and other land agencies implemented between 2004 and 2006. Results from the study will help managers understand the impacts of the addition of masticated material on forest ecosystems so that they can evaluate the potential benefits and costs of these treatments.
    View the powerpoint presentation from the webinar here.