The Arbor Advisor


by Loose Leaf Contributor
Terrill Collier tree climbing.Each year, the International Society of Arborists (ISA) recognizes several arborists as “True Professionals of Arboriculture” for their unique contributions to the field. These arborists do not limit themselves to tree care, but also work to educate and reach out to the local community about the importance of urban forests. As the New Year draws closer, Loose Leaf will dedicate each Monday in December to one of 2013’s five True Professionals in appreciation of their work and the work of arborists everywhere on behalf of our trees. We’ll start by taking a look at the life and work of second-generation arborist Terrill Collier, a ... (Read More)



Lessons Learned: The Need for Future Research on Urban Forests


by Loose Leaf Team
National Academy of SciencesBy Maria Harwood Earlier this year, our director of Urban Forest Programs, Melinda Housholder, attended a workshop hosted by the National Academy of Sciences titled “Urban Forestry: Toward an Ecosystem Services Research Agenda” and blogged about a few of the presentations she was able to attend. Recently, the workshop summary was published online, free to download as a PDF, detailing not only the individual presentations, but also the necessary next steps to further our understanding of urban forests and their associated ecosystem benefits. It was determined that the key mechanisms behind ecosystem functions need to continue ... (Read More)



Solutions that Bear Fruit


by Loose Leaf Team
blueberriesBy Marcelene Sutter We can all agree that freshness matters in the taste of produce, whether you harbor fond memories of blueberry picking as children or frequent the farmer’s market in search of garden-fresh fruits. However, city-dwellers often do not have the opportunity to pick fresh fruit for themselves, but that will soon change for residents of Seattle, Washington. A 7-acre public plot in the working-class neighborhood of Beacon Hill is slated to become the largest urban food forest on U.S. public land. Currently, Friends of Beacon Food Forest, as the project has been dubbed, are working with $100,000 in seed money for the first phas... (Read More)



Thanks for Making a Difference


by Susan Laszewski
Photo: Megan Higgs/American ForestsTomorrow is Make a Difference Day and reading the many stories of people volunteering their time and effort to help improve their corner of the world has got me thinking about the many American Forests supporters who have pitched in to help us in our mission of protecting and restoring forests. So, today a note of thanks: Here are just a few of the ways you have made a difference for our forests over the past 12 months: In mid-December last year, volunteers joined American Forests, the Arlington Department of Parks and Recreation and the Arlington Tree Stewards to plant trees along Arlington, Va.’s Bluemont Junction Trail. Just look at t... (Read More)



Walk to School and Walk for Health


by Susan Laszewski
Walking to schoolDid you or your little ones miss International Walk to School Day yesterday? Not to worry. As the occasion has gained popularity in recent years, the International Walk to School Committee expanded it in 2010 to make the entire month of October Walk to School Month. Of course, there are many reasons why it’s not feasible for everyone to let their child walk to school. But, if you do live in an area where your kids might be able to skip the school bus, just think about some of the many benefits they, the rest of your family and your community stand to gain: exercise, a sense of community, reduced air pollution and expense by saving the ca... (Read More)