Author Archive: American Forests

Environmental justice for the underserved

By Deanne Buckman, Policy Intern This is part 2 of a two-part series. Catch up here! Criminological theories help us to understand why urban forests may be able to reduce crime rates. By attracting people to public outdoor areas, urban green spaces create more opportunities for community members to interact with one another, which leads […]

Take in your closest forest in Great Outdoors Month

By Conrad Kabbaz, Policy Intern “Beauty is not an easy thing to measure. It does not show up in the gross national product, in a weekly paycheck, or in profit and loss statements. But these things are not ends in themselves. They are a road to satisfaction and pleasure and the good life. Beauty makes […]

Forest Digest — Week of June 15, 2015

Your latest Forest Digest, with everything from wildfires to woodpeckers! West Coast Flies to the Rescue of East Coast Hemlock Forests — Entomology Today A team of scientists hopes to combat the insect blight of the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid plaguing the hemlock forests of Appalachia by introducing a fly native to Washington state, with initial […]

Can trees help stop crime?

By Deanne Buckman, Policy Intern Certain things come to mind when we think about crime prevention: police squads, guard dogs, community watch groups. However, according to multiple studies, we should possibly also think of trees. As a criminology student and an intern at American Forests, I was intrigued when I discovered this connection between my […]

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 […]