Author Archive: Loose Leaf Team


Missing the Cold

By Michelle Werts As we experience what I’m affectionately dubbing the dog days of winter — aka the unseasonably warm temperatures that much of the country has been experiencing of late — the news that some cold-loving flora may not survive the coming decades because of warming temperatures is hardly surprising, but still mightily depressing. […]

Let It Snow!

By Katrina Marland When I learned I would be moving to Colorado, I went out and bought some warmer winter gear — boots, coat and everything in between. Two weeks after I moved here, my hometown in Maryland got a storm so unusually severe it was called the “snowpocalypse” (or “snowmageddon,” depending on who you […]

Forested Beauty

By Michelle Werts This week in history, five of our states officially joined the United States: Georgia (1/2/1788) Connecticut (1/9/1788) Utah (1/4/1896) New Mexico (1/6/1912) Alaska (1/3/1959). In celebration, I wanted to share some of the forested beauty that you can experience in each. Georgia Our fourth state contains two national forests: Oconee and Chattahoochee […]

When Wolves Come to Town

By Katrina Marland There are a lot of animals that come to mind when you think of trees, but wolves aren’t usually one of them. So who would have thought that wolves are actually tree huggers at heart? Well, not exactly tree huggers per se, but lately wolves have done a lot of work to […]

Those Wacky Trees: A 2011 Retrospective

By Michelle Werts Earlier this month, while helping research and recall some of 2011’s top environmental stories for our year-in-review article, I came across some headlines and stories that represent what I like to refer to as “Who’d have thunk?” And in the few remaining hours of 2011, I thought it would be fun to […]

Treecycling: More Than Mulch

By Katrina Marland If you had a real Christmas tree this year, you probably enjoyed the fresh pine scent and gorgeous foliage throughout your holiday. With Christmas over, and the decorations coming down any day, you’re probably trying to figure out what to do with that tree. Which means you need to know more about […]

Greening the Silver Screen

By Michelle Werts Every family has their own holiday traditions. In my family, we go to the movies — this year, Aunt Missy took some wee ones to a family friendly film to get them out from under busy, cooking feet. But while going to the movies might be a favorite holiday pastime — or […]

Happy Holidays!

By Katrina Marland & Michelle Werts   Happy holidays from the American Forests family to yours! May they be filled with peace, love and joy — and green living.

A Wise Man’s Gift No More

By Katrina Marland Gold, frankincense and myrrh. I’ve heard the story since I was a child, and frankly, other than gold, I never had any idea what those three wise men were carrying as they trekked across the desert. Recently, I’ve learned a bit more: apparently myrrh and frankincense are oil and perfume, respectively; each […]

Messing With Texas

By Michelle Werts Apparently, someone forgot to tell Mother Nature that you “Don’t mess with Texas.” First, there were the fires: 27,411 of them in 2011 through November 21 that destroyed almost four million acres. That’s 47 percent of the acreage burned by fire in the entire country for 2011. Almost 3,000 homes were ravaged […]