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Forest Digest — Week of December 5, 2016

  • Redwood forest

December 9th, 2016|Tags: |0 Comments

In this week's Forest Digest, discover a natural burial alternative gaining popularity, understand how invasive pests are destroying forests across the U.S., learn whether artificial or real Christmas trees have more of an impact on the environment and read about a wind-powered energy source that looks like a tree.Read More

Saheda: Profile of a Great New England White Pine

  • Saheda white pine

December 8th, 2016|Tags: |0 Comments

Measuring 171 feet tall, with a girth of 12, Saheda, the champion white pine, is the second tallest tree in all of New England. Discover the story of its champion tree nomination, as well as the history leading to its crown, straight from the nominator himself, Robert T. Leverett, a member of the National Cadre of Tree Measuring Experts.Read More

Urban Nature: The Legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted

  • University of California, Berkeley

December 7th, 2016|Tags: |0 Comments

With far more than 100 parks credited to his design, Frederick Law Olmsted helped bridge the gap between nature and the concrete jungle. To see some of his esteemed work, browse these photos of some of the most beautiful green spaces Olmsted designed that you can still visit today.Read More

Home for the Holidays: The Gopher Tortoise and Longleaf Pines

  • Gopher Tortoise
One of the iconic species of the longleaf pine forests, the gopher tortoise has lost 95 percent of its native habitat to human encroachment. This keystone species supports more than 360 other animals in its habitat. American Forests’ Home for the Holidays initiative continues our tradition of protecting this vital wildlife.Read More

Forest Digest — Week of November 28, 2016

  • New York City

December 2nd, 2016|Tags: |0 Comments

In this week's Forest Digest, learn about the devastating loss of trees in California this year, understand how that loss is impacting the giant sequoias, discover the impact trees have on fish's health and find out how New York is helping people care about their urban forests.Read More
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