Author Archive: Loose Leaf Team


Move Faster, Forests!

By Michelle Werts Migration. For me, this word evokes an image of that magnificent flying “v” that birds (and certain hockey teams) employ to head to warmer waters in the fall and to head back north in the spring. But migration is not reserved for those of us with legs, wings, fins and flippers. Forests migrate, […]

Chocolate: Trick or Treat?

By Katrina Marland Trick or treat? Well today, it’s a little of both. Since it’s Halloween, I thought we could talk about something really scary. In fact, this may be one of the more frightening things I have read in a very long time: chocolate could become a thing of the past. A recent study […]

Ready for Our Close Up?

By Katrina Marland & Michelle Werts Next week, American Forests Autumn Issue hits our website. Inside, you’ll encounter some of America’s biggest trees, decipher the history that tree rings reveal and discover the hiking, canoeing and birding wonders of Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA). In an American Forests first, we’re giving […]

I See Trees of Green … Very Rarely These Days

By Michelle Werts While apple and pumpkin picking happen to be my favorite fall activities, I must admit that the experience wouldn’t be the same without the green, red, orange and yellow color palette that accompanies it. Virginia’s spectacular fall foliage definitely makes the most routine excursion outdoors more enjoyable this time of year. In […]

The Eco-Friendly Industry

By Katrina Marland Last week, Newsweek released its green rankings for 2011, identifying the world’s top 500 eco-friendly companies. Such a massive undertaking requires a bit of help, so the rankings are created in cooperation with two major environmental research organizations. As someone who tries to be environmentally conscious when shopping, I wanted to learn […]

Saving Energy

By Michelle Werts Oh the irony of writing a blog post about energy conservation in buildings while sweltering in my office on a 60-degree day while wearing short sleeves — a month ago I was shivering on an 80-degree day while wearing a long-sleeve cardigan (you cannot imagine the pains we’ve gone to trying to […]

Boxed In

By Katrina Marland I’m often surprised and amused by what does and doesn’t get attention in today’s media. Some stories are latched onto and hyped up; others are almost entirely ignored. Sometimes it seems like the only way to bring the proper attention to an issue is to pull some kind of crazy stunt that […]

An Apple a Day

By Michelle Werts One of my all-time favorite fall activities is apple picking. I just love going out to the orchards, filling up my basket, drinking hot cider and then using the freshly picked apples to make lots of sinful desserts — my waistline is not as big of a fan. This year’s extravaganza was […]

Green Halloween

By Katrina Marland I confess: I love Halloween. Who doesn’t enjoy a good excuse to eat junk food, dress up as something ridiculous and have a great time with friends? Of course, it isn’t always an easy holiday to keep very eco-friendly. In fact, with all the crepe-paper decorations and individually wrapped candies, Halloween has […]

Is That Wood Legal?

By Michelle Werts It might not be if it comes from Indonesia, which has one of the rapidest deforestation rates in the world. So I learned earlier this month thanks to Greenpeace and Mattel. Mattel, under pressure from Greenpeace, recently announced that they would be following a new set of sustainable sourcing principles while packaging […]