Impressive Green Roofs around the World

by American Forests
Museé du Quai Branlys Vertical Garden

By Austa Somvichian-Clausen, Communications Intern

A green roof — or living roof — can be defined as the roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane.

Green roofs have a number of benefits such as providing habitat for birds, absorbing airborne pollutants, drastically reducing sewer overflow by retaining rainwater and reducing the urban heat island effect whereby high concentrations of concrete buildings and asphalt increase air temperature.

In the United States, cities like Washington, D.C., Chicago, Philadel... (Read More)

Meet Our New Manager of Urban Forest Programs

by American Forests
Joe Duckworth

Joe Duckworth recently came to American Forests as our new manager of urban forest programs. We’re excited for the experience, perspective and enthusiasm he’s bringing to the position and the organization — and we think you should be excited, too! From his favorite stories in the field to why he chose to work in conservation, read more about Joe.

Why did you choose to go into conservation?
I believe that having a connection to the natural world is very important to a fulfilling life. But, as the world becomes more urbanized and developed, this connection can be harder to achieve. I chose to go in to the ... (Read More)

What Role Do Forests Play in the Campaign Issues of Leading Presidential Candidates?

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Forest with lake and mountains

By Keelin Arseneault, Policy Intern

Following the recent Iowa Caucus and with the presidential election drawing nearer, staying updated on the candidates’ viewpoints is essential to being well informed. At American Forests, we work to emphasize the significance of forests and their role in the health of the planet. Here, we examine some of the leading candidates’ campaigns, regarding their perspectives on the management of public lands, climate change and the economy, to consider how forests could be involved in these plans to improve our country’s wellbeing.

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American Forests Partners with Verizon, NFL to Make Super Bowl 50 “Green”

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Chips Forest fire scar.

By Austa Somvichian-Clausen, Communications Intern

American Forests is excited to announce a partnership with the National Football League (NFL), the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee and Verizon to plant trees on behalf of Super Bowl 50. Our partnership goes beyond February 7th’s big game as we work in 2016 to plant 28,500 trees as part of our Chips Forest Restoration project in Lassen National Forest, where Verizon has committed to planting 21,000 trees — enough to restore a forest equivalent to the footprint of Levi’s Stadium, the Super Bowl 50 venue — and the NFL also added an additional 7,500 trees.

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Forest Digest – Week of January 11, 2016

by American Forests
Trees with heavy snow

Find out the latest in forestry news in this week’s Forest Digest!

Trees: Helping Cities Solve Climate Change — Huffington Post
An often overlooked aspect of controlling carbon? Urban Forests. Read about the benefits of having more trees in our cities in efforts to fight climate change. Vines Are the Hipsters of Tropical Forests–Fast Increasing And Pushing Out Neighbors — Atlas Obscura
With a unique analogy, this story tells the story of lianas — thick vines — their intertwining relationship with other plant and tree species and their impact on tropical forests. ... (Read More)