Author Archive: American Forests


Forest Digest — Week of March 30, 2015

Kick off the Holiday Weekend in style with the latest Forest Digest! Deforestation is messing with our weather and our food- — Phys.org Deforestation is often used to make way for agricultural fields, and while this is known to have an impact on global food production, researchers have found new evidence that this effect is […]

Home sweet home: sugar pine restoration in Tahoe

By Sydney Mucha, Communications Intern Tahoe National Forest is home to one of California’s most complex and diverse ecosystems. The forest encompasses snow-capped mountains, winding rivers and densely packed tree stands, enough to make anyone stand in awe of the area’s beauty. The forest is especially known for its massive stands of sugar pine, which […]

Forest Digest — Week of March 23, 2015

Nothing better than curling up with some reading on a rainy day. So why not read the latest Forest Digest today! The Fate of Trees: How Climate Change May Alter Forests — Rolling Stone According to Dr. Park Williams of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, southwest confers, such Douglas-fir, piñon pine and ponderosa pine, are […]

Forest Digest — Week of March 16, 2015

Happy first day of spring! Why not celebrate with the latest issue of Forest Digest! The Quiet Plan to Sell Off America’s National Forests — ThinkProgress This week, a proposal to seize and sell America’s national forests and public lands made its way into the U.S. House. This plan will suggest that public lands be […]

Getting kids learning in and about the environment

By Erin Sandlin, Policy Intern Nothing makes teachers feel better than when their students apply what they’ve learned in class to their lives outside of it. I experienced this during my time helping a teacher develop an environmentally focused curriculum. We were able to use our own backyard to show the complex environmental relationships that […]

Big Tree Madness returns for its third year

By Sydney Mucha, Communications Intern It’s that time of year again! Big Tree Madness is about to begin and in case you missed last year, are just tuning in or need a refresher, here is a rundown of all you need to know before the games begin. To make things more interesting this year, we […]

Forest Digest — Week of March 6, 2015

Well the storm has passed and spring is just around the corner — 14 days, but who’s counting? Help pass the time with this latest issue of Forest Digest. Genetic data can help predict how pine forests will cope with climate change — Phys.org Genetics play an important factor when it comes to survival in […]

Forest Digest — Week of February 23, 2015

Cheers to surviving another week! Here is your reward: the latest Forest Digest. Report: Wildfire Reconstruction of West’s Riskiest Homes is $237B — Insurance Journal Wildfires are known to damage property and can be extremely dangerous during periods of drought, which much of the West has been experiencing over the past few years. A new […]

Forest Digest — Week of February 16, 2015

Hope everyone is surviving the brutal cold today! Why not read the hot-off-the-presses Forest Digest while you warm up? (Or at least try to!) Colombia seeks ‘environmental corridor’ across Andes, Amazon — Phys.org The president of Colombia recently proposed an “environmental corridor” linking the Andes Mountains, Amazon rainforest and Atlantic Ocean. In an attempt to […]

Forest Digest — Week of February 9, 2015

Get ready for some great stories in the latest Forest Digest! Long-term changes in dead wood reveal new forest dynamics — Phys.org Dead wood has been accumulating in many forests, and while it does provide vital habitat for many different species of birds and mammals, it also poses a risk by providing fuel for forest […]