Philmont Visiting Forester Program

About the project:

Philmont Scout Ranch is a premiere high adventure base in northern New Mexico, owned and operated by the Boy Scouts of America. With 200 square miles of rugged New Mexico mountains, approximately 25,000 scouts hike on over 200 miles of trails each summer.In 2002, the New Mexico Tree Farm Committee, along with several partners, helped Philmont develop a demonstration forest located in a central backcountry setting with foot traffic of 5,000 hikers and approximately 1,000 other visitors each year. In 2010, Philmont expanded this forestry outreach program by hosting Visiting Foresters throughout the camping season. Approximately 10-20 forestersparticipate for a week at a time during the 10 week season each summer.

 

 

For more details about this program

About this page:

Visiting Foresters who are coming this summer receive the Visiting Forester Handbook as well as several Philmont publications to help prepare them for the summer. We realize though that our volunteers are anxious to be learning about the Southwest and forestry here. So I this website contains more background information to help prep and recruit Visiting Foresters. Of course, feedback would be awesome! mary@foresterslog.com

The Visiting Forester's Handbook:

Here is a draft version of the handbook for Visiting Forester's...as we get sections written, we will post them here. We will have a copy of the guide for you when you arrive at Philmont. This will always be a dynamic, changing document, but it is more so now than ever. The outline is below, and if that chapter or section is completed, it is linked here. Also there are links to other websites at the bottom of this page as well as throughout the handbook pages.
 
Actually there is much more of this guide written, than posted here...to receive the final document, sign up for the program! Many thanks to all the folks working on this handbook including Doug Cram, Mark Anderson, Arnie Friedt, Harry Morrison, Todd Haines. Thanks, Mary

Each Visiting Forester will receive their own copy of the Operations Handbook. Two copies of the Reference Handbook will be at the ranch. One at the Hunting Lodge and one at the Demonstration Forest.

Operations Handbook

      I.        About the Visiting Forester Program

a.    Concept

b.    Expectations

c.    Being Flexible; Fitting In

    II.        About Philmont

a.    PSR program and ranch facts

b.    Hunting Lodge Interpretive Program

   III.        Talking Points

a.    Critical condition of the forests of the West

b.    What Philmont is doing to foster healthy forest

c.    The Ponil Fire and the Philmont Rehabilitation Projects

  IV.        Sample Scripts

            a.    Hot topics around the country- a way to engage crews

 

 

V.        Background on Philmont Forestry

a.    Management Plans

                                          i.    Central Country

                                         ii.    North Country

b.    Harry’s Marking Guidelines

c.    Harry’s Comments on “Why Manage?”

d.    Project Maps

                                          i.    Philmont recent harvest map

                                         ii.    Ponil Fire Rehabilitation map

                                        iii.    Natural Resource projects map

                                       iv.    Lightning map

e.    Demonstration Forest

                                          i.    Poster text

                                         ii.    Other information

f.     Teachable forestry situations in the Philmont backcountry

Reference Handbook
        I. Background on Forestry

a.    Basic forestry topics

                                          i.    Tree physiology

                                         ii.    Tree measurements

b.    Hot topics around the country- a way to engage crews

 II.     Background on Southwestern Forestry

a.    Overview

b.    Bullets of fun facts

c.    Background papers

                                          i.    Ponderosa Pine Fire History in the Southwest

                                         ii.    Effects of Forest Management on Fire Behavior in the Southwest

                                        iii.    Old growth in frequent fires

                                       iv.    Management of Gambel Oak

                                        v.    P-J

III.        Background on Philmont Forestry

a.    Management Plans

                                          i.    Central Country

                                         ii.    North Country

b.    Harry’s Marking Guidelines

c.    Harry’s Comments on “Why Manage?”

d.    Project Maps

                                          i.    Philmont recent harvest map

                                         ii.    Ponil Fire Rehabilitation map

                                        iii.    Natural Resource projects map

                                       iv.    Lightning map

e.    Demonstration Forest

                                          i.    Poster text

                                         ii.    Other information

f.     Teachable forestry situations in the Philmont backcountryR

Links to more information:

There are many wonderful web-sites, and awesome forestry education programs both in New Mexico and across the country. Rather than re-invent the wheel, we direct your attention to these programs for background information on forestry.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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