Forest Guild

The Forest Guild is a professional organization of forest stewards, associated natural resource professionals, and affiliates who are passionate about restoring and sustaining the integrity of forests while meeting the needs of the communities that rely on them. We are a national organization with regional projects and programs across the country. Click here to find out about the Guild's regional programs or Carbon and Climate Change initiatives.

Guild staff, members, and partners collaborate to:

  • Practice and teach forestry that sustains the integrity of forest ecosystems and the human communities that depend on them.
  • Provide venues for resource professionals and students seeking to interact with, and find support and encouragement from others, who share a passion for forest stewardship.
  • Conduct research and collaborate with others to expand knowledge about ecologically, economically, and socially responsible forestry.
  • Use our research and practical experience to influence national, regional, state, and local forest policies.
  • Develop solutions that harmonize ecological and human concerns.

The Forest Guild believes that the first duty of a forester—and affiliated professionals—is to the forest and its future.

  • We value responsible forest management that places the highest priority on maintaining and enhancing the entire forest ecosystem and that imitates nature’s processes.
  • We value continuous learning to increase knowledge about excellent forestry policies and practices.
  • We value the importance of field observation, experience, science, and continuous learning to the practice of forestry.
  • We value collaboration by sharing what we know and seeking opportunities to work with others who share our desire to practice ecologically, economically, and socially responsible forestry.
  • We are passionate about making a difference with our work.

Benefits of being a Forest Guild member include the following:

  • Supporting and finding support from an organization that is making a real difference.
  • Helping to shape forest stewardship policies and practices.
  • Opportunities to connect with peers who share your values.
  • Inspiration and satisfaction from seeing excellent forest stewardship in action.


Learn more about joining or supporting the Forest Guild.

Climate work from this organization

This is the Forest Guild's policy statement on climate change and forests. 

Forests have an effect on, and are influenced by, changing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses (GHG) in Earth’s atmosphere and the resulting changes in climatic conditions. This policy statement outlines management that... Read more

Interview with Eytan Krasilovsky, Forest Guild

Forest Guild recently hosted a prescribed fire training exchange in New Mexico. Can you tell us about the training exchange?

The Forest Guild is pursuing a collaborative approach to forest restoration. Our main partner is the New Mexico State... Read more

Fire Adapted Communities is powered by a coalition of the nation’s leaders in wildfire education, planning and preparedness. Forest Guild Executive Director Mike DeBonis was chosen as one of the eight nationwide representatives and the Forest Guild and Fireservice Support LLC operate as the New Mexico hub for the... Read more

Many employers say it is difficult to find experienced local help, particularly in natural resource management. In response, the Forest Guild sponsors a youth corps program in New Mexico each summer to train local youth in forestry work. The Forest Guild Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) works in partnership with all five... Read more

The Forest Guild is collaborating with a broad array of partners on a Collaborative Forest Restoration Program project for the Rio Trampas Watershed in Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Since 2007 the Forest Guild has been working with the Camino Real District of the Carson National Forest, the Taos Field Office of the... Read more