Power of A Gold: Community ReLeaf Program Earns Top ASAE Honor


by Ashlan Bonnell
2015 ASAE Power of A Gold Award

We are proud to announce that American Forests’ Community ReLeaf program has earned a 2015 ASAE Power of A Gold award. The gold award, ASAE’s highest honor, showcases organizations that have made local, national, and/or global contributions toward enriching lives, driving innovation, and making the world a better place.

According to Ian Leahy, Director of Urban Forest Programs, receiving the award is not only an honor, but it also serves as encouragement for the program moving forward.

“A few years ago, we reimagined our urban forest programs so that we could immerse ourselves in communities,” says Leahy. “T... (Read More)




Forest Digest – Week of June 22, 2015


by Loose Leaf Team
Wildfire raging across a California forest

See Australia’s plans for Urban Forests and stay informed on California’s wildfires in this week’s Forest Digest!

Urban forest creation guide unveiled in Melbourne in bid to increase Australia’s green spaces – CBS Australia
Melbourne’s city council released a guide to urban forestry in Australia as part of a Victorian government-backed campaign to increase green spaces in cities by 20 percent by 2020. Lax rules put Congo’s forests, key carbon reserve, at risk – EurekAlert
A new study from the University of Vermont projects a loss of up t... (Read More)




Environmental justice for the underserved


by Loose Leaf Team
Two kids planting a tree

By Deanne Buckman, Policy Intern

This is part 2 of a two-part series. Catch up here!

Criminological theories help us to understand why urban forests may be able to reduce crime rates.

By attracting people to public outdoor areas, urban green spaces create more opportunities for community members to interact with one another, which leads to the development of neighborly bonds and social capital. This creates the appearance that the spaces are defended by residents and, in turn, has the effect of deterring criminals from targeting the area. Urban forests can also reduce crime by restoring mental health a... (Read More)




Take in your closest forest in Great Outdoors Month


by Loose Leaf Team
Hiking trail through field of flowers on a hillside

By Conrad Kabbaz, Policy Intern

“Beauty is not an easy thing to measure. It does not show up in the gross national product, in a weekly paycheck, or in profit and loss statements. But these things are not ends in themselves. They are a road to satisfaction and pleasure and the good life. Beauty makes its own direct contribution to these final ends. Therefore it is one of the most important components of our true national income, not to be left out simply because statisticians cannot calculate its worth.”

It’s been 50 years since Lyndon Johnson’s iconic 1965 “Conservation and Preservation of Natural ... (Read More)




Can trees help stop crime?


by Loose Leaf Team
Two rows of trees and grass in between streets in a residential area

By Deanne Buckman, Policy Intern

Certain things come to mind when we think about crime prevention: police squads, guard dogs, community watch groups. However, according to multiple studies, we should possibly also think of trees.

As a criminology student and an intern at American Forests, I was intrigued when I discovered this connection between my two areas of interest. After a little research on the topic, I found that certain theories of community crime proved helpful in understanding the relationship.

Routine activity theory — — suggests that if characteristics of a neighborhood decrease t... (Read More)