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The Official Blog of American Forests


Forests and the 2016 Olympic Games

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Environmental issues are plaguing the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Deforestation of critical rainforest and Atlantic Forest are destroying essential areas of habitat for many of Brazil’s endangered species. Read about the deforestation associated with the Olympics and American Forests’ role in reforesting Brazil.
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Forest Digest — Week of August 1, 2016

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August 5th, 2016|Tags: |0 Comments

In this week’s forest-related news, find out how early snow-melt may decrease forest carbon by 45 percent by mid-century. Read about Asian beetles ravaging Adirondack forests, how new research is effectively fighting invasive vines in tropical forests and view nine of the most unusual forests on earth!
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Playground Science: Getting Kids Excited about Science and Nature

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August 4th, 2016|Tags: , |0 Comments

Parents often struggle to make sure their kids are engaged at school and spending enough time outdoors, but here are some tips for encouraging children to get excited about the natural world and ways to indulge their curiosity about the great outdoors!
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Habitat for Horses

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August 2nd, 2016|Tags: |0 Comments

The Chincoteague Pony Swim is an iconic piece of American history, but the horses’ unique island habitat is rapidly changing. Find out how climate change threatens to dramatically change or even destroy Assateague and other barrier islands across the eastern seaboard.
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Forest Digest — Week of July 25, 2016

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July 29th, 2016|Tags: |0 Comments

In this week’s forest-related news, find out how healthy forests in the Sierra Nevadas can help stave off California drought, how a ski resort in Montana is sustaining wildlife habitat, how palm oil production is threatening vulnerable forests and how Costa Rican farmers are pioneering sustainable forestry that coexists with agriculture.
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