Author Archive: Loose Leaf Team


100 Years of an Iconic Park

By Lisa Swann Rocky Mountain National Park, established in 1915, will begin celebrating its 100th anniversary later this year, so it’s a perfect year to visit. The park was created to showcase the majesty of the Rocky Mountains, with nearly 250,000 acres of the park designated as a wilderness area. Within two hours of Denver, […]

Younger Trees Better Repel Mountain Pine Beetle

By Lisa Swann A new study from researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder shows that younger trees with smoother bark are better at repelling the mountain pine beetle. The epidemic pine beetle attack has spread across western states since 1996, affecting millions of acres of forest, including those in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Colorado […]

Community ReLeaf in Action

By Maria Harwood This fall, we ventured out into the communities of our five 2013 Community ReLeaf project cities and rolled up our sleeves for some hard work! Thanks to the support of our project partners, Bank of America and the U.S. Forest Service along with 169 local community volunteers, we were able to put […]

Christmas Tree Diseases Hit Home

By Lisa Swann Some of you may have brought a perfect, green Christmas tree home by now, but consider the fate of some Leyland cypress and Frasier firs that could not be sold this year. Needle blight, which turns Leyland cypress trees’ needles brown, has been impacting many growers. After the needles turn brown, they […]

It’s Not Easy Being Green

By Marcelene Sutter “Reduce, reuse, recycle.” It’s a familiar mantra, splashed across posters in elementary schools across the country. Recycling itself is not a new concept — archaeological digs have revealed that the practice may date back further than the Neanderthals. The reasons for recycling bottles are abundant and well-known: Recycling plastic bottles reduces carbon […]

The Majestic Sugar Maple

By Lisa Swann The majestic sugar maple’s fall color finery is now at an end — but forest owners are looking forward to the next season: maple sugaring. The syrup you are devouring on your pancakes this holiday season is likely from the last sap run that happened in the spring. The sugar maple is […]

Not Just Fungi and Games

By Marcelene Sutter Foraging for food has become a widespread facet of foodie culture over the past few years, with classes and online guides giving rise to unprecedented numbers of forest visitors in search of fresh mushrooms. Nationwide, chefs and foodies alike seek the unique taste of the wild mushroom, inspiring them to take a […]

History of the Longleaf Pine

By Lisa Swann When settlers first came to what is now the southeastern U.S., they were greeted by vast pine forests — the southern longleaf pine. They noticed its spirituality, its majesty, its wildlife and its old growth trees often leaning to one side with weight. Naturalist John Muir spent time there observing these great […]

Season’s Eatings

By Marcelene Sutter Have you ever wondered where the tradition of Thanksgiving turkey came from? Perhaps we owe this delicious custom to the way that we used to eat — seasonally. Before buying locally and eating seasonally became trendy, they were simply a way of life. It makes sense: Greens were popular in the spring, […]

A Tree and a Recipe

By Lisa Swann Found from the Great Plains eastward and from Georgia to Massachusetts, the black walnut tree prefers rich floodplain soil and usually associates with other hardwoods such as maple, elm and sycamore.  Considered somewhat rare, its wood is used for furniture and gun stock. Some thieves have caught on to its value and […]