Author Archive: American Forests


Forest Digest – Week of July 27, 2015

The latest on all things forest, it’s this week’s forest digest. Alarm over ‘timber grab’ from Cambodia’s protected forests – BBC Illegal deforestation has plagued Cambodia during recent years as legal permits have been exploited by corporations to clear old growth forests. Can we save forests and produce palm oil? Scientists seek answer – Reuters […]

Forest Digest – Week of July 20, 2015

Keeping a pulse on forest news around the world, it’s your weekly Forest Digest. Fire surprise: Insect-killed forests no more likely to burn – KTVZ Another in a string of studies provides evidence that prior insect activity doesn’t affect wildfires, as was widely believed. The analysis covers 30 years of wildfire in Oregon and Washington […]

Forest Digest – Week of July 13, 2015

Stay in the know on our changing world with this week’s Forest Digest: Losing green cover: India lost original forests 70 times Delhi’s area in 14 years – First Post According to a recent report, between 1999 and 2013, India lost 15 percent of its total green cover, a total of 10.6 million hectares. Forests play a […]

The Good, Besides the Bad and the Ugly

David May, Communications Intern Part 2 in a 3-part series on Insects and Our Forests For many of us, it is rare to think positively of insects. They typically cross our minds as a nuisance when we reach for something to swat them with, or with terror when we discover them somewhere they shouldn’t be. Especially […]

Forest Digest – Week of July 6, 2015

Another week full of research and legislation, it’s your forest digest! House Passes Bill to Hasten Timber Projects in Forests – ABC news A bill aimed at increasing the health of America’s national forests through expediting logging projects was passed in the House on Thursday, though it is expected to meet some resistance from the […]

The mountain pine beetle’s march across Canada

David May, Communications Intern Since the ‘90s, the scenic views of North America’s lushest western forests have become more and more splattered with a palette of rust and dark grey. Once only patches amongst the vast swathes of evergreen, entire mountainsides now stand barren. This widespread problem has many culprits, but perhaps the most infamous […]

Forest Digest – Week of June 22, 2015

See Australia’s plans for Urban Forests and stay informed on California’s wildfires in this week’s Forest Digest! Urban forest creation guide unveiled in Melbourne in bid to increase Australia’s green spaces – CBS Australia Melbourne’s city council released a guide to urban forestry in Australia as part of a Victorian government-backed campaign to increase green spaces in […]

Environmental justice for the underserved

By Deanne Buckman, Policy Intern This is part 2 of a two-part series. Catch up here! Criminological theories help us to understand why urban forests may be able to reduce crime rates. By attracting people to public outdoor areas, urban green spaces create more opportunities for community members to interact with one another, which leads […]

Take in your closest forest in Great Outdoors Month

By Conrad Kabbaz, Policy Intern “Beauty is not an easy thing to measure. It does not show up in the gross national product, in a weekly paycheck, or in profit and loss statements. But these things are not ends in themselves. They are a road to satisfaction and pleasure and the good life. Beauty makes […]

Forest Digest — Week of June 15, 2015

Your latest Forest Digest, with everything from wildfires to woodpeckers! West Coast Flies to the Rescue of East Coast Hemlock Forests — Entomology Today A team of scientists hopes to combat the insect blight of the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid plaguing the hemlock forests of Appalachia by introducing a fly native to Washington state, with initial […]