Author Archive: Loose Leaf Team


Signs of Spring

By Michelle Werts Tomorrow’s Spring Equinox officially marks the beginning of a new season, but for many parts of the country, it felt like spring arrived weeks ago. The tree outside my window is already in full bloom, and the gorgeous magnolia I pass on my way to work each morning is already losing its […]

A Biological Clock

By Katrina Marland Have you ever pulled an all-nighter? If you have, you know that they are nearly always followed by a terrible, dragging fatigue. For the next day, or even several days, you just don’t feel right. That is nature catching up with you. You see, the human body is only meant to function […]

Pine Tree State Turns 192

By Michelle Werts The Pine Tree State joined the Union on this day 192 years ago, bringing with it 17 million acres of forestland, 32,000 miles of rivers and streams, and 3,500 miles of coastline. Once part of Massachusetts, in 1820, Maine became America’s 23rd state, but its northeast border would be in dispute for […]

Working for Wildlife

By Katrina Marland Yesterday, Michelle wrote about the challenges in defining exactly what makes an animal officially endangered. It’s an important issue because that language can determine whether or not the government invests its resources in trying to save a species by taking conservation action across public lands. Here’s the problem, though: Endangered species are […]

A Significant Dilemma

By Michelle Werts How do you legally protect something when some of the legal language that is supposed to provide protection is unclear? This is a dilemma that’s been facing the Endangered Species Act in recent years. As many people are aware, the Endangered Species Act of 1973 provides for the classification, or listing, and […]

A Belated Birthday

By Katrina Marland We’ve been a little extra busy this month, what with new legislation, policy conferences, fascinating scientific discoveries and just keeping up with the world of environmental news overall. But being busy is no good reason to overlook a birthday, so we’re taking a minute today to recognize some states that are another […]

Lions and Lambs

By Michelle Werts According to the old English proverb, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” While this phrase is normally used with the weather, here in D.C., “like a lion” applies to something else: lawmaking. Congress is in session, and this month is chockfull of hearings, meetings and advocacy […]

A Forest of Fossils

By Katrina Marland In the world of environmental news, forests are frequent stars. They’re just too important, tied to too many wide-reaching issues to stay out of the headlines for long. Lately, however, the spotlight has been on a different type of forests: ancient ones. We’re not talking about old-growth forests or living trees that […]

Going in Circles

By Michelle Werts You know when you have an itch, but scratching it only seems to make it worse, and you’re stuck in a perpetual cycle of misery? Well, nature experiences similar phenomena: feedback loops. In technical terms, a feedback loop is when an output from a past event influences the same event, creating a […]

Happy Birthday, Yellowstone!

By Katrina Marland Here in the U.S., we are lucky to have some truly outstanding natural places protected for our enjoyment and education. We have no fewer than 155 national forests that encompass millions of acres and 58 national parks. But one place in particular set things in motion and created a precedent for the […]