Why I’m Here: Making Life Greener for American City Dwellers

by American Forests
Eiffel Tower surrounded by trees.

By Etienne Laffargue, Policy Intern

On Thursday, October 15th, I began my internship at American Forests. In the building elevator, I could already feel the excitement and the butterflies in my stomach. After all, I had been anticipating this moment for more than two months and was very excited to arrive! As a Frenchman, I had to go through the process of obtaining a VISA to the United States, which tested my motivation to work with American Forests. As my new colleagues welcomed me to the team, I knew I had made the right choice. I felt at home and well taken care of from the beginning.

What I had come h... (Read More)

Forest Digest – Week of October 5, 2015

by American Forests
E. O. Wilson

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

In the fight to stop climate change, forests are a vital weapon — The Guardian
Leading up to the climate change summit in Paris next month, many countries are announcing their commitments to reducing greenhouse gasses, and forests are playing a vital role. If deforestation ended, our damaged forests were restored and we protected our remaining forests, our forests could remove enough carbon to equal one-third of all current global emissions. What is a forest? NASA/USGS mission helps answer the question — Phys.org
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Forest Digest – Week of September 28, 2015

by American Forests
Urban Forests

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

Could forests store more carbon as the climate warms? — Grist.org
A new study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey was published on Monday revealing that public lands may potentially play a very valuable role in the nation’s effort to combat greenhouse gas emissions as climate change may actually increase the amount of carbon stored by federal public lands by nearly 20% by 2050. Forest Giants Suffer Most During Droughts — Smithsonian Science News
A recent study by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Instit... (Read More)

Every Kid in a Park & Community ReLeaf: Serving America’s Children and Urban Forests

by American Forests
Every Kid in a Park

By Andrew Bell, Policy Intern

This week, the Outdoor Alliance for Kids hosted a suite of activities centered on their “Every Kid in a Park” event held at Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C. To pay homage to the Alliance’s devotion to youth and to celebrate their success, let’s take a look at the groundbreaking initiative that made all of this possible.

On September 1st, the Obama Administration announced the “Every Kid in a Park” program, setting the stage for a shift in how today’s children view and interact with the great outdoors. Since that day, fourth graders across the nation can now acces... (Read More)

The Mental Benefits Provided by Urban Forests

by American Forests
Kids climbing tree

By Conrad Kabbaz, Policy Intern

We all feel better after a walk in the park, but can trees really be key to our mental well-being? According to recent studies featured in the New York Times and The New Yorker, they might, improving our physical health as well.

Promising Results

This possibility piqued the interest of Gregory Bratman, a Stanford graduate student.  A study he conducted showed improved happiness and attentiveness after participants walked through a green portion of the university campus. Subjects were compared to another group who walked the same distance near heavy traf... (Read More)