Author Archive: Loose Leaf Team


Forest Digest — Week of August 18

It’s Friday and Forest Digest is back! Check out this week’s news in trees: “New analysis links tree height to climate” — University of Wisconsin-Madison A botany professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studied how tree height, resource allocation and physiology vary with climate in Australia’s Victoria state. “Some trees face ‘extinction’ threat” — CBS […]

Forest Digest — Week of August 4

The first Forest Digest of August features some major wildfire stories. Check out this week’s news in trees: “Money allocated for fighting fires to run out” — Associated Press In order to pay for fighting this summer’s fires across the country, the U.S. Forest Service will soon have to scale back initiatives designed to help […]

Smokey at 70

By Carrie Brooks, Communications Intern This Saturday, Smokey Bear will take a short break from helping prevent forest fires and turn his attention to the flames atop 70 candles. Fortunately, there is no disaster here: these lit candles will adorn the American icon’s birthday cake! Smokey was brought into being by the U.S. Forest Service […]

Forest Digest — Week of July 28

It’s everyone’s favorite day of the week: Friday! We love this day because it means that we get to share another edition of our Forest Digest with you! Check out this week’s news in trees: “Cost Of Wildfires Burns Through Budgets, Pushing Feds To Find Other Funds” — HuffPost Green Wildfires are burning through federal […]

An update on the longleaf

By Sofia Maia-Goldstein, Policy Intern America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative (ALRI), a group of private and public partners that seeks to restore and conserve longleaf pine ecosystems in the southeast U.S., made strides in the political world last week. Addressing the loss of 90 million acres of longleaf forests from its original range, American Forests and […]

Forest Digest — Week of July 21

Start your weekend off right with the latest edition of Forest Digest! Here is this week’s news in trees: “Urban heat boosts some pest populations 200-fold, killing red maples” — Phys.Org Some invasive species like it hot — especially the gloomy scale insect. A study from North Carolina State University explains that the bug reproduces […]

Forest Digest — Week of July 14

Friday has arrived and so has our weekly Forest Digest! Here’s this week’s news in trees: “Through Urban Forestry 2020, Schools Aim to Advance Urban Forestry Profession” — National Association of State Foresters Urban forests are in for assistance from some higher education. Universities in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia are collaborating with the goal […]

National park loyal to native wonders

By Caroline Brooks, Communications Intern This October, American Forests and its partners will lead a group of our members in a unique Hawaiian experience, offering them exclusive insight into the magnificence of the Big Island. Our group will not only witness some of Hawaiʻi’s gorgeous landscapes, wildlife, and plant life, but we will also come […]

Expect Big (Tree) things from LTI grant recipients

By Caroline Brooks, Communications Intern This year, American Forests partnered with Laser Technology, Inc. (LTI) for the first time to issue 10 refurbished TruPulse 360 compass laser rangefinders to a group of state big tree programs from across the country. Lasers are used to accurately and consistently measure trees, an essential process when state programs […]

Forest Digest — Week of July 7

TGIFF — Thank God It’s Forest Friday! Start your weekend off with our Forest Digest. Here is this week’s news in trees: “Amazon rainforest once looked more like savannas of Africa than a jungle” — Mother Nature Network Once upon a time, man-made trenches spread across Bolivia and Brazil. From these ditches grew the Amazon […]