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The Forest Guild is hiring! A permanent SW Community Forestry Coordinator position and interns
March 10, 2014— The Forest Guild has multiple positions open: A permanent Community Forestry Coordinator and internships.

Community Forestry Coordinator
The Forest Guild is seeking a Community Forestry Coordinator to develop, manage and implement projects in the Southwest Region. The program focuses on forest restoration, rural community stability, and local economic development. Current projects are in multiparty monitoring, forest restoration techniques, landscape-scale forest restoration, and youth education. Applicants should have a Master’s degree (or 5-7 years equivalent experience) in natural resources and 3-5 years professional experience, as well as skills in project management, fund raising, writing and communication, GIS, and an affinity for working with people in forest-dependent communities. The position is based in Santa Fe, NM. Open until filled. A full position description is available here.

Internship opportunity at the Forest Guild
The Forest Guild welcomes college or graduate students to work on forest related issues in New Mexico. We will offer two paid 8 week internships based out of our Santa Fe office tailored to a student's interests and schedule. Past interns have assisted the Forest Guild staff in a variety of projects including community forestry, national policy, ecological monitoring, and youth training initiatives. Interested students who will have completed at least their sophomore year of college are encouraged to apply. Please submit a one-page cover letter and resume by April 15th, 2014 A full position description is available here.

Forest Guild and partners release report on the 2013 fire season in the Southwest
February 13, 2014— Each year, wildfires burn thousands of acres in the Southwest. 2013 was no exception; wildfires burned about 317,000 acres last year. Southwestern forests are naturally adapted to fire and naturally burn and recover, but forests have been changed by a century of fire suppression, logging, grazing, and other human influences. Now wildfires can burn more intensely and threaten people, water, wildlife, and forest recovery. A new report takes a careful look at the eight largest fires in the Southwest during 2013. With numerous fires burning through the Southwest each year, it can be difficult even for fire managers and researchers to keep the details of each fire straight. The public hears a great deal about fires as they burn, but rarely does it see follow-up information on burn severity or comparisons between fires. This new report is an attempt to fill the need for a concise, timely publication that summarizes the season's fire details in the Southwest. Read the report here.

Sustainable solutions for New Jersey’s forests
February 10, 2014—The Forest Guild and a diverse group of state agencies, academia, non-profit organizations, and businesses came together to focus on forest management solutions by identifying the top threats to New Jersey’s forests and responses to those threats. The workshop included sessions focused on solutions to climate-driven challenges in urban forests, the pinelands, and northern New Jersey. Participants emphasized education and outreach to both the general public and to elected officials. Consensus was also reached on outreach focusing on the high value of forests, the threat of invasives, and the detrimental impact of deer overpopulation on forests. The workshop resulted in a new report from the Forest Guild on restoration and resilience in New Jersey's Forests. Read the report here.

Forest Guild and New Mexico State Land Office Protect Forests, Watersheds, and Communities with Controlled Fire
October 15, 2013—The Forest Guild and the New Mexico State Land Office conducted a controlled burn north of Black Lake, New Mexico that reduced the threat of wildfires, restored important ecological systems, and trained fire professionals and community members. “Forests of the Southwest need fire to be healthy, and this site will be a safer, healthier place for visitors, wildlife, and neighbors,” said Forest Guild executive director Mike DeBonis.
The project was funded by the USDA Forest Service Collaborative Forest Restoration Program (CFRP) to restore the health of the Upper Coyote Creek watershed. The controlled burn helped reduce the risk of large high intensity wildfires, increased the diversity of plants, improved wildlife habitat, and protects a source of clean water.
The controlled burn was the culmination of years of work. The collaborative team had already thinned the site and removed heavy fuels before the controlled burn. The reintroduction of fire through the controlled burn made the forest more resistant to wildfire and drought. The Forest Guild worked with the Nature Conservancy’s Fire Learning Network to include training opportunities for fire professionals and volunteer fire departments under the close supervision of an excellent team of seasoned fire professionals. Local firefighters from the Angel Fire and Moreno Valley Fire Departments provided additional support for the controlled burn and participated in the training.Read more here.

Successful Youth Conservation Program completed by the Forest Guild and the Cibola National Forest
September 5, 2013—The Forest Guild and the Mt. Taylor Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest and Grasslands recently completed a successful collaborative project dedicated to training low-income and tribal youth in conservation jobs in the Zuni Mountains. To date, the project has employed 10 low-income and tribal youth from Cibola and McKinley Counties with an interest in forest restoration and management. The data collection performed by this crew will enable the Cibola to mitigate catastrophic fire across an additional 700 acres. The forest restoration crew has also undertaken water resource protection projects at sensitive habitat locations for an endangered species currently being listed under the Endangered Species Act. Read more here.

Prescribed burn planned for north of Black Lake, New Mexico on New Mexico State Land Office managed lands
August 5, 2013—The Forest Guild is preparing for a prescribed burn in October of ponderosa pine and dry mixed conifer forests north of Black Lake, New Mexico on New Mexico State Land Office managed lands. Funded by the USDA Forest Service Collaborative Forest Restoration Program (CFRP), the project will restore the health of the Upper Coyote Creek watershed by reducing the risk of large high intensity wildfires and improving soil, understory diversity, and hydrological conditions. The area to be burned has already been thinned and heavy fuels have been removed. The reintroduction of prescribed fire will make the forest more fire resistant. Read more here.

Forest Guild releases new guidelines for the sustainable harvest of forest biomass in the Pacific Northwest
April 17, 2013—The Forest Guild’s new guidelines for sustainable harvest of forest biomass in the Northwest detail how to produce renewable energy from the region’s forests while still protecting them for future generations.Developing domestic, renewable sources of energy is a national priority, and in the Northwest, forest biomass is a potential source of renewable energy and fuel that also supports local economies. The Forest Guild relied on the professional judgment of on-the-ground foresters and also involved 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.
“Regional guidelines have to be specific enough to provide necessary protections for forest values. At the same time, the targets have to be practical and flexible enough to be economical. These guidelines accomplish both goals,” said Jake Robinson, Forester and a member of the Forest Guild working group. The Forest Guild Pacific Northwest biomass harvesting guidelines are ready to be adopted by biomass or pellet facilities wishing to assure sustainability. Read the guidelines here.


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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.