10 Reasons to Be Thankful for Forests


by Ashlan Bonnell
More than 1/2 of U.S. drinking water originates in forests.

As we take time during the holiday season to focus on the things we are most thankful for, we think it’s important to take a moment to consider just a few of the many reasons we should be thankful for forests and the benefits they provide us.

1. Forests provide clean water.
Approximately 180 million people depend on forests for water.

2. Forests clean our air.
Trees help reduce pollutants by taking them up from soils and water through their roots.

3. Forests help the wildlife we love thrive.
Forests are home to 80% of the world’s t... (Read More)




Forest Digest – Week of November 16, 2015


by American Forests
Bosco Verticale building in Milan

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

360 Million Years Ago, The Earth Was On Fire — Forbes
Based on recently published research, this article looks at the history of, and relationship between, forests and fire. Ancient Fossil Forests Discovered in the Arctic — Discovery News
Recent studies in the arctic by Cardiff University reveal some of the first trees on earth from fossil findings. The Best Tall Building in 2015 Is Covered in Trees — Slate
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat recognized a building in Milan, kno... (Read More)



Celebrating 140 Years of Urban & Wildland Forest Protection & Restoration: Chief Tom Tidwell Speech


by American Forests
Chief Tom Tidwell

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, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell gave the following remarks:

“Good afternoon! It’s a pleasure to be here. My thanks to our partners in the East Capitol Urban Farm and to American Forests for hosting this event. The Forest Service is honored to be part of the East Capitol Urban Farm through our participation in the Urban Waters Federal Partnership.(Read More)




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)