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Celebrating the roots of Guild forestry – Guild birthday event in NC!

August 19, 2021 @ 9:30 am - August 21, 2021 @ 11:00 am

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Forest Stewards Guild’s 25th Anniversary National Guild Gathering

August 19 – 21, 2021!

Aug 19 at 9:00 a.m. to Aug 20 at 5:15 p.m.
Optional tour Aug 21 from 9:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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Celebrating the roots of Guild forestry

Venue: Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Community Farm

Agenda for download. Helpful details below.

SAF Category 1 Continuing Education Credits:

Day 1: 4.5 credits
Day 2: 6 credits
Day 3: 2.5 credits


Thursday breakfast for those who stay on-site, lunch for everyone, dinner for everyone
Friday breakfast for those who stay on-site, lunch for everyone
Saturday breakfast for those who stay on-site
Snacks on all days (fruit, granola bars, cheap bulk food, coffee)

Field sites: Bald Mountain Preserve and Bent Creek Experimental Forest’s femelschlag silviculture system (don’t know what that is? Come join us to find out!).

Celebrate our 25th anniversary with us in our 26th year! Did you know one of the first “Guild Gatherings” happened at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina 25 years ago? A group of like-minded foresters banded together and talked about ways they wanted to see the forestry industry change…and the Forest Stewards Guild still shares these values today.

We will come full circle and host our 26th Anniversary National Guild Gathering in Asheville, North Carolina in August 2021! Join us for two exciting days to celebrate the roots of Guild forestry.

We will hear from natural resource professionals from across the Southeast about how ecological forestry has changed and shaped the landscape, get your boots on the ground and visit a handful of local forest sites, and revisit and remember our history while sitting around a bonfire. Come share the spark of Guild forest stewardship with us!

Lodging: camping will be available on site for $20 per tent, per night. Camping is limited to 25 tents. There are Air B&Bs nearby and the venue is 15 – 20 minutes from Asheville, NC, where there are plenty of lodging options. Just a few that seem to have good pricing are listed below (note: we do not have room blocks set up at these hotels and do not specifically recommend them. We just wanted to give you a few to narrow choices down):

Sleep Inn Asheville – Biltmore West
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson – Asheville West
Crowne Plaza Resort – Asheville

Event pricing:

Student and Presenter Rate: $100

Early-Bird Rates (by July 12, 2021)
Guild member, $100
Non member, $125

Normal Rate:
Guild member, $150
Non member, $175

Lodging: $20/tent/night

Morning tour of Cradle of Forestry on August 21 has been cancelled due to flooding. We are working on alternative programming now!


August 19, 2021 @ 9:30 am
August 21, 2021 @ 11:00 am
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SAHC Community Farm
24 Mag Sluder Rd
Alexander, NC 28701
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