Forest Stewards Guild Southwest Region Program

Challenges · Solutions · Projects

The Forest Stewards Guild’s Southwest region encompasses the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The Guild’s Southwest Region supports the organization’s goal of practicing and promoting excellence in stewardship by building a sustainable forest-based economy, developing future forestry leaders, practicing ecological forest restoration, and training and educating forest workers and landowners.

2018 Summer Forestry Internship Applications - open now!

Read SW Program Assistant Esme Cadiente's November 2016 Blog about her first controlled burn.

Watch a video featuring photos and video from Guild work on forest management


Major Challenges in the Southwest

  • Forested landscapes need ecological restoration due to more than a century of fire suppression.
  • High workers’ compensation insurance rates limit the ability of contractors to bid on and win federal fuel reduction contracts.
  • Inconsistent supply of federal forest restoration and thinning contracts hampers a viable forest industry.
  • Low income, rural, and minority populations are vulnerable to catastrophic wildfires.

Meeting the Challenges: Practicing and Promoting Excellent Forestry ^

  • Community Forestry
    The Forest Stewards Guild’s community forestry program reaches out to forest workers in rural communities to engage them in excellent forestry. The program’s overarching goal is to promote a viable small-scale timber economy that can meet the forest restoration needs of the region’s public and private lands. Small businesses that provide forestry services and manufacture value-added products have a stake in excellent forestry: the people are connected to the land, and they know that if the forest is healthy, it will sustain them indefinitely.
  • Ecological Forestry
    The Forest Stewards Guild’s ecological forestry program works with public, private, and non-profit partners to demonstrate forestry that is ecologically responsible and supported by good science. The Guild supports forest restoration that goes beyond reducing forest fuels and actually restores ecosystem function. Some examples of the Guild's work on ecological forestry in the Southwest are available here.
  • Public Policy
    The Southwest Region’s public policy program works to educate Congress and other decision makers about the importance of forest restoration funding, incentives for small scale woody biomass utilization, continuation of landowner assistance programs, and programs that keep working forestlands working.

Southwest Region Projects ^