Author Archive: American Forests


A Wild, Wild World

By Michelle Werts 150 million acres of protected land & water 1,000 species of fish 700 species of birds 250 species of reptiles and amphibians 220 species of mammals This is the National Wildlife Refuge System, administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), by the numbers. As you may be able to gather […]

The Spice of Life

By Michelle Werts Have you ever been in one of those subdivisions where every house looks the same? Or how about have you ever had to eat the same leftovers for several days in a row? In my experience, the first experience leaves me feeling a little creeped out, while the second can become tiresome. […]

Endangered, But Protected

By Michelle Werts Today is the eighth annual Endangered Species Day! In December 1973, President Nixon signed into law the Endangered Species Act, which charged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with protecting not only the listed species, but “the ecosystems upon which they depend.” And for the […]

Taking Action for George Washington

By Michelle Werts As most of our loyal readers know, our mission here at American Forests is to protect and restore forests. Simple, concise, pretty straightforward, right? Most of the time, that’s true, but sometimes those simple, yet deceptively complex, words require some additional explanation. So what do we mean by “protect” exactly? It means […]

A River Runs Through It

By Michelle Werts A few years ago, a friend and I decided to take an impromptu canoeing trip along the Potomac River. It was a lovely experience … until I attempted to climb out of the canoe and instead of finding myself on a dry dock, I found myself halfway submerged in the murky waters […]

The Warmth of Snow

By Michelle Werts A week ago, many parts of the country experienced an uncharacteristic sight for May Day: snow. A lot of it. And while one’s first instinct might be to bemoan the cold, wet stuff at a time when spring should be in the air, with our changing climate, we may want to appreciate […]

Caring for Our Public Lands

By Michelle Werts I think it’s safe to assume that most people — at least the ones reading this blog — know about the U.S. Forest Service within the U.S Department of Agriculture and how it is entrusted with the care of 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands. However, what is less known […]

Looking Back: My Family’s Connection with American Forests

By Tacy Lambiase I first discovered American Forests last fall, purely by chance. As an undergraduate student, I am always looking for amazing internship opportunities. Last fall, I was hunting for a particular kind of experience: I wanted a communications internship with an environmental nonprofit organization where I could connect my passion for the environment […]

The Energy Savings of Trees

By Michelle Werts Last week, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) introduced a new act to Congress: The Residential Energy and Economic Savings (TREES) Act. The legislation, co-sponsored by Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), focuses on a very specific ecological service provided by urban forests: energy savings. The TREES Act would set up […]

New Trees on the Block

By Tacy Lambiase Look out, big trees: Today, there are some new champions in town. More than 40 new trees were declared the biggest of their species today with the release of American Forests’ National Register of Big Trees, which contains a total of almost 780 national champion and co-champion trees. The register, which is […]