Author Archive: American Forests


Forest Digest — Week of June 8, 2015

It’s been a big week for forests both at home and abroad. Stay up-to-date with the latest Forest Digest! Forests Win Big In Bonn Climate Breakthrough – The Huffington Post In an unexpected display of international cooperation, representatives at the UN climates talks in Bonn agreed on a drafted proposal of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and […]

Forest Digest — Week of June 1, 2015

It’s June’s first Forest Digest and we’ve got quite the line-up! How Europe’s climate policies led to more U.S. trees being cut down — The Washington Post In a new analysis released June 2, researchers are casting doubt on a key argument used to justify the cutting of Southern forests to make fuel for European […]

Policy Update: Fire Suppression Funding Legislation

American Forests, as part of the Partner Caucus on Fire Suppression Funding Solutions, urges Congress to find a lasting solution for wildfire suppression funding. Currently, wildfire suppression is funded at the 10-year average. When suppression costs exceed the budget, the USDA Forest Service (USFS) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) are forced to borrow […]

Forest Digest — Week of May 25, 2015

We took a Memorial Day weekend break, but back at it again with May’s last Forest Digest. Key habitat, other benefits in urban forested parcels — Statesman Journal Cynthia Orlando of Springfield from the Oregon Department of Forestry discusses urban green space and how it serves as essential wildlife habitat. Key Steps to Saving Latin […]

Forest Digest — Week of May 11, 2015

The weekend is here, but before you settle in for some R&R, take a look at this Friday’s Forest Digest. Harvard Forest report: Valuable Mass. ecosystems shrinking — Worcester Telegram Researchers at Harvard Forest, Harvard University’s laboratory for ecological research, found in a new study that development is causing forest ecosystems across Massachusetts to shrink. […]

Forest Digest — Week of May 4, 2015

The first week of May has been an eventful — and troublesome — one in the world of forests. Take a look in this edition of Forest Digest. Drought kills 12 million trees in California’s national forests — The Los Angeles Times Last month, researchers the U.S. Forest Service conducted an aerial survey of more […]

Environmental education grows future leaders in sustainability

Erin Sandlin, Policy Intern Schools across the nation are “going green” by implementing carbon footprint reducing techniques such as incorporating solar power and instituting recycling and composting efforts. But do these actions really contribute to the greening of a school? What constitutes sustainable development? Dr. Jean Kelso Sandlin, a professor at California Lutheran University and […]

Celebrating 25 years of Cooperative Forestry

Deanne Buckman, Policy Intern There’s an old saying that it takes a village to raise a child. On April 29, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT); Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and Tom Tidwell, Chief of the U.S. Forest Service gathered at a reception sponsored by American Forests, the Sustainable Urban Forest […]

Forest Digest — Week of April 20, 2015

Happy Arbor Day everyone! Celebrate trees today with the latest Forest Digest! In Northwest, A Push To Protect Forest As Geothermal Projects Near — NPR The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington state will open more than 80,000 acres of land for geothermal power development. Up to 20,000 homes could be powered by just one […]

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