Author Archive: American Forests

2015 Trees Please Photo Contest Winners!

This summer, we held our first ever Trees Please photo contest, and it was a major success. Whether a simple, yet stunning landscape, a representation of the sheer size and scale of trees or a close look at trees’ powerful details, the photos each conveyed a different story. With so many gorgeous shots to choose […]

Forest Digest – Week of August 31, 2015

Find out the latest in forestry news in this week’s Forest Digest! Lots of Trees to Hug: Study Counts 3 Trillion Trees on Earth – New York Times A new study that was just released reveals that there are now more than three trillion trees growing on earth. While this is seven times more than […]

Forest Digest – Week of August 24, 2015

Find out the latest in forestry news in this week’s Forest Digest! Earth is on track to lose an India-sized chunk of its tropical forests by mid-century – Washington Post The Center for Global Development released a new report on Monday estimating that, by the year 2050, an area of forest cover the size of […]

Why I’m Here: The Impact of Increased Housing Development on Our Forests & Our Emotions

By Andrew Bell, Policy Intern As the fall semester policy intern, I think a fitting introduction would express how I arrived at this destination and how protecting and restoring American forests has become our shared mission. I was born and raised in northeastern West Virginia. The state is affectionately referred to as “Wild, Wonderful” and […]

The Mental Benefits Provided by Urban Forests

By Conrad Kabbaz, Policy Intern We all feel better after a walk in the park, but can trees really be key to our mental well-being? According to recent studies featured in the New York Times and The New Yorker, they might, improving our physical health as well. Promising Results This possibility piqued the interest of […]

Forest Digest – Week of August 17, 2015

Get some perspective on what’s happening with our forests with this week’s Forest Digest. Prisoners Who Fight Wildfires in California: An Insider’s Look – The Marshall Project A Q&A session examines what it’s like to be an inmate firefighter in California, and you might be surprised at what they say. Vacationing in the trees: How […]

This Is It! The Quest for a New Champion Sugar Pine

Finding a champion tree is certainly an adventure! So, we wanted to share this vivid account of the quest to find a sugar pine that is pending nomination as a champion, as told by Carl Casey, nominator of the current sugar pine co-champion.  I was pushing my way slowly through a dense thicket of small […]

Forest Digest – Week of August 10, 2015

This week’s forest digest has the trends for wildfires and China’s environmental future. How Megafires are Remaking American Forests – National Geographic As climate change worsens, fires of a scale never seen before are running rampant across the west, and forests are responding differently than before. APP takes big move to restore forests ahead of […]

How Wildfires Are Burning through the U.S. Forest Service Budget

By David May, Communications Intern A report released by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) earlier this month has revealed a stunning increase in wildfire suppression costs. This past year, more than half of the organization’s budget went to fire suppression, a first in USFS history and a stark comparison to the 16 percent of the […]

How Urban Forests Can Help Mitigate ADHD Symptoms

By Conrad Kabbaz, Policy Intern It is widely known that urban forests improve air quality, but could green spaces be the solution to one of the most common childhood disorders? Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, affects 10 percent of American children. Symptoms include difficulty focusing, high impulsivity, and restlessness, all of which can negatively impact academic […]