New Initiative Provides Resources for Communities to Reduce Wildfire Risk

Fire season is upon us and communities across the Southwest are being reminded what it means to live with wildfire. The Forest Guild, in partnership with Santa Fe County Fire Department, and Fire Services Support LLC, is one of eighteen nation-wide hubs of the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (FACLN, that is providing resources to help communities become fire adapted. The New Mexico hub brings together local stakeholders such as New Mexico State Forestry, the Nature Conservancy, private contractors, and landowners to collaborate on wildfire mitigation, education, and outreach projects. Project partner Anne Bradley, forest program director for the Nature Conservancy notes, “in the last decade we’ve seen wildfires are getting bigger and more and more New Mexico communities at risk. The Forest Guild is providing a great opportunity for neighborhoods and homeowners to learn how to prepare for fire and connect with other communities faced with the same threats.” Read More

Forest Stewards Guild Youth Conservation Corps Program 2014 Kick-Off

Santa Fe, NM – The Forest Stewards Guild’s Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program will kick-off the 2014 field season with a crew member training June 3rd through 5th. Fifty-five YCC crew members ages, 16 to 19, will attend the three day training to be held at Hyde Memorial State Park near Santa Fe, NM.  

Letter to the EPA supporting forest carbon projects

Landowners, scientists, businesses and NGOs, wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency to express their support for the inclusion of compliance-grade forest emissions reductions projects equal to those used by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in the EPA’s upcoming rulemaking regarding greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from power plants. Read the letter here.

Adapting forests to a changing climate

The 21st issue of Forest Wisdom discusses adaptation of forests to the changing climate from five different prespectives. In the cover story, Nancy Patch describes new tools created by the US Forest Service and how field foresters can put them to use. These same tools will be the focus of a field session during the national meeting. Michael Leff tackles the challange of helping urban forests to adapt to a chaning climate.

New report on the 2013 fire season in the Southwest

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. Read the full media release here

Sustainable solutions for New Jersey's forests

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 media release here.

Protecting Forests, Watersheds, and Communities with Controlled Fire

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. Read the media release here.

Successful Youth Conservation Program completed by the Forest Stewards Guild and the Cibola National Forest

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 the media release here.

Prescribed burn planned for north of Black Lake, New Mexico on New Mexico State Land Office managed lands

The Forest Stewards 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.

Forest Stewards Guild releases new guidelines for the sustainable harvest of forest biomass in the Pacific Northwest

The Forest Stewards 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.


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