Forest Stewards Guild

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executive director

Alexander "Zander" Evans PhD

2019 Galisteo Street
NM 87505 Santa Fe
United States of America

e-mail: zander(at)

phone: +1-505-983-8992-36

Zander Evans is Executive Director of the Forest Stewards Guild. For eleven years previous to his current role, he directed the Guild's research programs. His research has been published in numerous peer-review journals and management oriented reports to support on-the-ground implementation of ecological forestry. His current research includes the effectiveness of fuels treatment and sustainability of forest bioenergy. Zander is involved in local collaborative efforts to improve forest management as board member on of Southwest Fire Science Consortium. He received his PhD from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies after working as a cartographer and spatial analyst with the US Geological Survey.

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Forest Stewards Guild

Goals of the organisation

The Forest Stewards Guild practices and promotes responsible forestry as a means of sustaining the integrity of forest ecosystems and the human communities dependent upon them. We believe the natural forest provides a model for sustainable resource management; therefore, responsible forest management imitates nature's dynamic processes and minimizes impacts when harvesting trees and other products.

Our other principles are:

  • The well-being of human society is dependent on responsible forest management that places the highest priority on the maintenance and enhancement of the entire forest ecosystem.
  • The forest has value in its own right, independent of human intentions and needs.
  • Human knowledge of forest ecosystems is limited. Responsible management that sustains the forest requires a humble approach and continuous learning.
  • The practice of forestry must be grounded in field observation and experience as well as in the biological sciences. This practical knowledge should be developed and shared with both traditional and non-traditional educational institutions and programs.
  • Our first duty is to forests and their future. When confronted with circumstances that threaten the integrity of the forest and conflict with the Mission and Principles of the Forest Stewards Guild, members must respond through education, advocacy, or where necessary, disassociation. Guild membership signifies a commitment to the highest forest stewardship ethic.
Main action field of organisation

The Guild engages in education, training, policy analysis, research, and advocacy to foster excellence in stewardship, support practicing foresters and allied professionals, and engage a broader community in the challenges of forest conservation and management.

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