Celebrating 25 Years of Stewardship!

The year 2020 marked 25 years of Guild activity, influence, and results for ecological forestry. During this quarter century, the Forest Stewards Guild has created a space for foresters and other stewards to build community, as they find new ways to manage and learn from the forest, while creating lasting results for all who depend on those forests.

Finally, in August of 2021, we were able to gather in Asheville, NC to celebrate our first 25 years together, and continue to learn together. Thank you to everyone who presented, attended, helped coordinate, and fully engaged in this event!

Enjoy the photos from our time together below. We'll be posting more, including your quotes and reflections, soon! You can also view PDFs of the presentation slides from the event below.

Photos from our 25/26th anniversary Guild Gathering, Asheville, North Carolina, August 2021.

Presentation PDFs from 25th anniversary Guild Gathering


Reflections on Disturbance and Early Succession

by Steven Harrington, Nov 2020

Reflections on 25 years of FSG

by Jeffrey Smith, Oct 2020

Gratitude and Hope

by Bren Whittaker, Sept 2020

A 25th Anniversary Founder's Essay

by Robert Hrubes, May 2020

Inception Point

by Robert Perschel, March 2020

Remembering our Roots , Growing it Forward

by Barrie Brusila, February 2020

Early Guild History

by Henry Carey, November 2019

A 25th Anniversary Essay

by Al Sample, October 2019

Reaching Back

by Ross Morgan, September 2019


Share a story/quote?

Let's celebrate together!

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"I regard the conference as a 'watershed' event in my career. Beyond the intellectual exchange, it was an affirmation of deeply held beliefs about working with the forest."

Charles Moreno

Founding member reflecting on the first Guild meeting

"I want to see an organization created out of this. I want to be part of an organization that reflects my values.."

Robert Hrubes

From first "Guild" meeting 24 years ago

"The worst thing we can do is to overwhelm or attempt to focus the environment."

Fred White

Founding member

"The Guild is a national association of professional foresters with a strong land ethic and an emphasis on ecologically responsible forestry."

Dave Publicover