Author Archive: Loose Leaf Contributor


Creative Champions for Trees

We’ve reached the homestretch of the Scotties TREES ROCK! Video Contest. That means you only have one week left to vote for your favorite contestant! Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard from our finalists about why trees are so important to their communities and schools. These kids have creatively expressed their love of nature […]

Sharing Their Love of Trees

The competition is heating up! With less than two weeks left in the Scotties TREES ROCK! Video Contest, we’re featuring three more finalists who want your votes. While kids from all over the United States submitted videos, 12 finalists stood out and presented compelling reasons for why trees are essential to the well-being of our […]

Kids Place Spotlight on Local Trees

Can’t get enough of last week’s inspiring TREES ROCK! videos? Neither can we! This week, we’re featuring three more finalists of Scotties TREES ROCK! Video Contest. Kids from across the country submitted videos explaining why they think trees are important and how their school could use $10,000 to improve its outdoor spaces. Watch what makes […]

Voices for Change

While many today are tuning into the presidential inauguration, we want to direct your attention to three young people trying to make a change in their communities. Last week, we told you about Scotties TREES ROCK! Video Contest, where students around the country were invited to share videos of how trees are important to them, […]

Kids Show How TREES ROCK!

Want to see some of the cutest things ever? No, we’re not talking about yawning pandas or kitties. We’re talking about some enthusiastic, creative kids sharing why they love forests and trees. For the last few years, American Forests has been teaming with Scotties Facial Tissue on TREES ROCK!, an educational program aimed at kids […]

Video Break: Urban Forests

For today’s post, we’d like to give our readers a fun three-minute break. If you enjoy these short videos about the benefits of urban forests, please share them with your friends and tell your city council how much your neighborhood trees mean to you! Urban Forests Cool Our Cities Trees and greenspaces in cities cool […]

Happy Holidays!

Wishing all of our readers and their loved ones safe and happy holidays.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here at American Forests we love wild turkeys — as evidenced by our many Global ReLeaf projects restoring their habitat — and we love Turkey Day! We hope everyone is enjoying a safe and pleasant Thanksgiving with their loved ones. P.S. Don’t want to brave the crowds on Black Friday? Consider giving The Gift of […]

A Matter of Management

By Luo Yang, Guest Blogger Forest management in China is very different from the U.S. in many aspects, including forest ownership structure, policies and regulations, and taxes. Personally, I think there are two key differences. One is the managing organization structure. In China, every province has a forest department or bureau, which is responsible for […]

The First Cut Is Unexpected

By Luo Yang, Guest Blogger Last week, I mentioned we did four months of classroom work when we arrived in the U.S. We conducted our classroom training in New York, living on Long Island. There are many oak trees in that area, and the house where we were staying had a large backyard, where I […]