Nine professional members of the Guild are elected by their peers to serve three-year terms on the Membership and Policy Council (MPC). The MPC supervises the development of Guild policy and position statements and the modification of our Mission and Principles. The MPC also addresses issues related to membership and member services. The MPC holds monthly conference calls and is comprised of committees responsible for work on current projects. Elections are held for a portion of the MPC positions each autumn.

Alex Barrett

Term through 12/31/21
Saxtons River, VT

John Gunn

Term through 12/31/20
Cumberland, ME

Shane Hetzler

Term through 12/31/19
Corvallis, OR

Amy LaBarge

Term through 12/31/21
North Bend, WA

Michael Leff

Term through 12/31/20
Chesterfield, MA

Mark Jacobs

Term through 12/31/20
McGregor, MN

Nancy Patch

Term through 12/31/19
Burlington, VT

Robert Turner (Chair)

Term through 12/31/19
Bristol, VT

Bruce White

Term through 12/31/21
Raleigh, NC

Current MPC members

Meet your MPC 2019 Election Candidates...in brief

Alex Barrett

Saxtons River, Vermont
802-428-4050
alexlbarrett@gmail.com

John Gunn

Cumberland, Maine
207-212-7723
jgunn@sig-nal.org

Shane Hetzler

Corvallis, Oregon
541-257-8592
shane@troutmountain.com

Amy LaBarge

North Bend, Washington
206-733-9777
amy.labarge@seattle.gov

Michael Leff

Chesterfield, Massachusetts
215-870-0605
MLeff@ecologicalconnections.com

Mark Jacobs

McGregor, Minnesota
218-330-6187 or 218-768-2914
mhjacobs59@gmail.com

Nancy Patch

Burlington, Vermont
802-524-6501 ext. 441
nancy.patch@vermont.gov

Robert Turner, Chair of MPC

Bristol, Vermont
802-453-2171
rjtco@gmavt.net

Bruce White

Raleigh, North Carolina
bwhite@gfrforestry.com

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"Too frequently forest management has focused on the initiation or release of regeneration stage with too little focus on intermediate treatments that can enhance wildlife habitat, improve forest productivity and resilience, while providing periodic income to offset expenses of land ownership."

Jeff Denman

MPC 2020-2023 Candidate
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"In my opinion, environmental science and natural resources management programs, in addition to traditional forestry programs, would be well served by a group of students committed to Guild principles."

Justin Hart

MPC 2020-2023 Candidate
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"I’ve been fortunate to work alongside an inspiring and dedicated group of [Guild] members and staff. These individuals believe like I do that the sustainable management of our forests is intrinsically tied to a societal well-being that extends far beyond things like timber production."

Shane Hetzler

MPC 2020-2023 Candidate for Chair
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"I believe strongly in the power of working together to achieve as a community that which we are not able to achieve individually. This is why I see the work of the Forest Guild as simply critical."

Laura Schweitzer

MPC 2020-2023 Candidate
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"Serving on the MPC will allow me to maintain and build bridges between Guild members and the organization. My location in the Northern Rockies will promote membership where like-minded foresters are many, but Guild members are few.."

Mark Vander Meer

MPC 2020-2023 Candidate

MPC Election

Full candidate information

Note: a Survey Monkey ballot will be emailed on November 14, 2019 to members who are eligible to vote. If you prefer a paper ballot, please contact Colleen at 608-395-4724 or membership@forestguild.org with your request.

Revised Forest Stewards Guild Membership and Policy Guidelines

Members eligible to vote in the upcoming election will have an opportunity to approve these revised guidelines. A summary of the revisions made, and the considerations leading to the revisions, are also available for review.

Webinar recording

View a webinar held on the first day of elections, November 14, 2019, describing revisions made to the Guild's Membership and Policy Guidelines.

MPC Updates

MPC Meeting Minutes

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