Author Archive: Loose Leaf Team


A Colorful Fall Birthday for Guadalupe Mountains National Park

By Lizzie Wasilewska Guadalupe Mountains National Park, which lies on the Texas-New Mexico border, may not be a very well-known park, but it is nonetheless a fascinating and beautiful one. From a distance, it appears as a series of majestic mountains breaking up the desert landscape; close up, it reveals a range of smaller wildernesses, […]

Fighting Fire with Fire

By Marcelene Sutter In a recent paper published in Science, leading fire scientists in the West propose a solution to address the sweeping and highly destructive wildfires that have ravaged the region in recent years: more fire. The authors, including top scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Washington, Colorado State University […]

Self-healing for Forests

By Lizzie Wasilewska Forest recovery is an incredibly complex and frequently unpredictable process. It often requires outside help, but there are also ways in which forests heal themselves. Researchers recently discovered that nitrogen — a chemical that plays a major role in the formation of cells in many organisms — is crucial to trees’ ability […]

European Ash to Ashes?

By Marcelene Sutter European ash trees cannot seem to catch a break. Currently, an ash dieback fungus caused by Chalara faxinea has been plaguing Europe, requiring research funds and the efforts and attention of scientists. Now, another threat to these trees looms on the horizon. As readers of American Forests magazine know from the Winter […]

It’s World Animal Day

By Lizzie Wasilewska On October 4, 1931, a group of Italian ecologists founded World Animal Day with the hope of drawing attention to threatened wildlife. They selected this date because it is the feast day of Francis of Assisi, a patron saint of animals. Since 1931, people of many religions and nationalities have adopted this […]

The Serious Business of Leaf Peeping

By Marcelene Sutter At some point in your life, someone has probably informed you that money does not grow on trees, and while this oft-stated truism does make a lot of sense, Megan Smith, Vermont’s commissioner of Tourism and Marketing, heartily disagrees. “I’d like to say that money falls from trees at this time of […]

Forest Conservation and Local Communities

By Lizzie Wasilewska In addition to the ongoing work of environmental researchers, sometimes the knowledge provided by local populations is just as crucial for the conservation of forests. For more than two decades, American Forests has worked with local partners to plant trees around the world through Global ReLeaf; we also encourage people to discover, […]

A Golden Design

By Marcelene Sutter Who could say no to a face like that? Meet the golden lion tamarin, native to Brazil and so beloved by citizens there that it appears on the country’s currency. Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, or Mata Atlantica to locals, is the only place where these tiny primates can be found in the wild. […]

Getting Our Hands Dirty

By Michelle Werts If you’re a regular reader here on Loose Leaf, you know that our forests and ecosystems, while very good self-regulators, sometimes need a helping hand — and a helping hand is what they’re going to get en masse tomorrow. Tomorrow is National Public Lands Day, the largest, single-day volunteer effort for public […]

Sequoia National Park Celebrates Its Birthday Today

By Lizzie Wasilewska Sequoia National Park, which celebrates its 123rd birthday today, is home to three national champion big trees. These trees occupy a remarkable forest that contains more than 8,000 sequoia trees, some of which can reach the height of a 26-story building, with base diameters wider than an average city street. Among the […]