Celebrating 140 Years of Urban & Wildland Forest Protection & Restoration: Scott Steen Speech


by American Forests
Scott Steen

On Monday, October 26, 2015, American Forests hosted a ceremonial tree planting at the East Capitol Urban Farm in honor of its 140th anniversary and to recognize the signing of a new MOU with the U.S. Forest Service. During the ceremony, Scott Steen, President & CEO of American Forests, gave the following remarks:

“Before the theory of relativity, the aspirin, the x-ray and the discovery of the electron; before the automobile, the telephone, motion pictures and electric light; before airplanes flew and radios gave us knowledge of the world beyond our own towns — before all tho... (Read More)




Celebrating 140 Years of Urban & Wildland Forest Protection & Restoration: Dr. Dwane Jones Speech


by American Forests
Dr. Dwane Jones

On Monday, October 26, 2015, American Forests hosted a ceremonial tree planting at the East Capitol Urban Farm in honor of its 140th anniversary and to recognize the signing of a new MOU with the U.S. Forest Service. During the ceremony, Dr. Dwane Jones, Director of the Center for Sustainable Development College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences University of the District of Columbia, gave the following remarks:

“First, I want to thank the many, many partners involved in this effort — our local partners are invaluable and include: the DCBIA, American Forests, Groundwork Anac... (Read More)




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)