Forest Stewards Guild Northeast Region Program

The Forest Stewards Guild's Northeast Region includes the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania in a landscape dominated by private forestland ownerships. Our membership, which is deep-rooted in New England, consists of field foresters and affiliated resource professionals who share a strong stewardship ethic centered on our forests. We promote ecologically, socially, and economically responsible forestry through field workshops, community-driven projects, and scientific research grounded in the field experience of our members.

  • Healthy Forests and Clean Water
  • Engaging Woodland Owners
  • North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange
  • Tools for Harvesting Biomass Sustainably
  • Adapting Forests to the Changing Climate

Healthy Forests and Clean Water

Throughout the Northeast, clean drinking water sources are protected by well-managed forests. The Forest Stewards Guild collaborates with watershed foresters and water supply managers to inform decision-making that shapes the fate of our water resource. Together, we are converging our experience and capacities, establishing critical research needs and vehicles, and crafting messaging that will educate the public and enhance our ability to protect the drinking water resource we all value. The Forest Stewards Guild is a partner in the Rhode Island Woods to Water Partnership, working with Providence Water and the Northern Rhode Island Conservation District to connect people to the healthy forests that provide their clean drinking water.

Engaging Woodland Owners

The heart of the Forest Stewards Guild membership are consulting foresters who work every day with woodland owners and help them make informed decisions about their forests. The Forest Stewards Guild supports efforts to engage woodland owners and ensure a sustainable future for the private ownership-dominated Northeast forest landscape through programs such as Foresters for the Birds and Women and Our Woods. Originating in Vermont, Foresters for the Birds lets birds tell the story of how forests can benefit from planning and management. Women and Our Woods empowers women woodland owners with information, resources, and a network of professionals and peers dedicated to forest stewardship.

North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange

The Forest Stewards Guild is a lead partner in the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange, a consortium of fire scientists and managers that collaborate to create a safe and resilient North Atlantic landscape. The Exchange offers field trips, webinars, research briefs, and social media resources to faciliate the flow of credible and relevant fire science information.

Tools for Harvesting Biomass Sustainably

The Forest Stewards Guild’s Forest Biomass Retention and Harvesting Guidelines for the Northeast address questions of forest sustainability in a time of increasing interest in harvesting forest biomass for energy security, economic uncertainty, and climate mitigation. Based on the best available science and the product of a 21-member working group, these guidelines are intended to augment and enhance existing Best Management Practices (BMPs) or Acceptable Management Practices (AMPs). The Forest Stewards Guild also works with partners in the Northern Forest Investment Initiative to connect community-scale facilities such as schools and hospitals that use woody biomass for heat to local, sustainable wood supply chains.

Adapting Forests to the Changing Climate

Our Northeast forests are facing changes from warming temperatures and increased disturbance events. Our publication, Climate Change, Carbon, and the Forests of the Northeast, outlines forestry techniques that keep forests healthy by making them more resilient, resistant, and adaptable. Members are engaged in combatting the spread of invasive plant species that threaten forest health in the Northeast. The Forest Stewards Guild hosts training workshops and synthesizes scientific research and field knowledge to provide the most current and effective resources available to land stewards. The Guild led a workshop on Restoration and Resilience in New Jersey's forests, and our 2014 National Meeting is focused on the theme of adaptive forest management in a changing climate.