Author Archive: Michelle Werts


Don’t Take the Trees!

Yesterday, Katrina talked about working Christmas tree farms, where the farmers work hard to make sure that they are planting as many trees as are being removed from their farm, but what happens when trees are removed in cities and towns to be replaced by new apartments, shops and other developments? That’s the very dilemma […]

A Grizzly Win

Yellowstone National Park has a long, storied history — especially when it comes to its wildlife. Who can forget the controversial reintroduction of gray wolves to Yellowstone in the mid-90s? Then, there are the ubiquitous snapshots of tourists and park employees mingling with bears from the early 1900s. And, wouldn’t you know, those bears are […]

Let’s Talk Turkey!

I have a confession to make: prior to this moment, I had never contemplated the history of the turkey. Shocking, I know! But, oh, have I learned a myriad of fascinating, charming and downright alarming things about Thanksgiving’s signature bird. Wild turkeys are native to North America. Take that, Australia, and your adorable koalas. That’s […]

Fires Beware: The Oceans Have Your Number

Wildfires can be devastating. For people. For businesses. For the environment. And what’s worse is their unpredictable nature, popping up wherever, whenever they please. If only we could figure out a way to anticipate their next move. Well, turns out some scientists from the University of California, Irvine, think they can. Or more specifically, oceans […]

Hit the Green Slopes Next Summer

Raise your hand if you love mountain biking, zip lining or basically any form of forest-based recreation. Guess what — for once both sides of Congress agree that they love forest recreation, too, and are using that love to create jobs and stimulate local economies. Last week, President Obama signed the bipartisan Ski Area Recreational […]

Where Did the Sun Go?

I don’t get daylight saving time (DST). For 18 blissful years, my clocks never had to be changed thanks to Indiana’s abstinence from DST. Then, I went to college out of state and received a rude awakening. I love the extra hours of sunlight in my summer evenings … which is why I equally detest […]

Move Faster, Forests!

Migration. For me, this word evokes an image of that magnificent flying “v” that birds (and certain hockey teams) employ to head to warmer waters in the fall and to head back north in the spring. But migration is not reserved for those of us with legs, wings, fins and flippers. Forests migrate, too! The big […]

I See Trees of Green … Very Rarely These Days

While apple and pumpkin picking happen to be my favorite fall activities, I must admit that the experience wouldn’t be the same without the green, red, orange and yellow color palette that accompanies it. Virginia’s spectacular fall foliage definitely makes the most routine excursion outdoors more enjoyable this time of year. In Virginia, though, if […]

Saving Energy

Oh the irony of writing a blog post about energy conservation in buildings while sweltering in my office on a 60-degree day while wearing short sleeves — a month ago I was shivering on an 80-degree day while wearing a long-sleeve cardigan (you cannot imagine the pains we’ve gone to trying to stop this awful […]

An Apple a Day

One of my all-time favorite fall activities is apple picking. I just love going out to the orchards, filling up my basket, drinking hot cider and then using the freshly picked apples to make lots of sinful desserts — my waistline is not as big of a fan. This year’s extravaganza was extra special because […]