How Urban Forests Can Help Mitigate ADHD Symptoms


by American Forests
Children in park

By Conrad Kabbaz, Policy Intern

It is widely known that urban forests improve air quality, but could green spaces be the solution to one of the most common childhood disorders? Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, affects 10 percent of American children. Symptoms include difficulty focusing, high impulsivity, and restlessness, all of which can negatively impact academic performance and social interaction. It’s not surprising that children with ADHD often have lower grades and report more self-esteem issues than their unaffected peers. Causes of the disorder remain unclear, with genetics and environme... (Read More)




Forest Digest – Week of August 3, 2015


by American Forests
Trinity Forest in Dallas, Texas

Here’s the past week of all things forest, it’s your Forest Digest.

EPA releases Clean Power Plan, uncertainty for biomass remains – Biomass Magazine
In the recent legislation released by the EPA, the use of biomass for energy is regarded favorably; however, regulations for it are vague. More detailed rules are hoped to follow. US Raises Concerns About Pipeline Through Forests – ABC News
The U.S. Forest Service, along with environmental groups, are opposing the placement of a natural gas pipeline from Ohio to North Carolina by several large energy conglomerates as it is curre... (Read More)




Request for Proposals to Select Three New Community ReLeaf Cities


by Ian Leahy
Community ReLeaf planting in New Jersey.

American Forests has recently released a request for proposals to select at least three new cities or metropolitan areas to participate in its award-winning Community ReLeaf program.

Community ReLeaf launched in 2013 to provide a suite of technical and financial resources, all told averaging $100,000 in the initial phase. With primary support from the U.S. Forest Service and Bank of America Charitable Foundation, our overarching goal is to make strategic inputs that help improve both the near-term green infrastructure locally while also helping to expand capacity for managing the urban forest over the long-term.

P... (Read More)




Forest Digest – Week of July 20, 2015


by American Forests
Portland street trees

Keeping a pulse on forest news around the world, it’s your weekly Forest Digest.

Fire surprise: Insect-killed forests no more likely to burn – KTVZ
Another in a string of studies provides evidence that prior insect activity doesn’t affect wildfires, as was widely believed. The analysis covers 30 years of wildfire in Oregon and Washington State. Regional haze and questionable efforts to save the forests – The Jakarta Post
As Indonesia’s dry season continues, many are worried that it will continue past August, thanks to an impending El Niño weather pattern. Forest fires are ... (Read More)



Power of A Gold: Community ReLeaf Program Earns Top ASAE Honor


by Ashlan Bonnell
2015 ASAE Power of A Gold Award

We are proud to announce that American Forests’ Community ReLeaf program has earned a 2015 ASAE Power of A Gold award. The gold award, ASAE’s highest honor, showcases organizations that have made local, national, and/or global contributions toward enriching lives, driving innovation, and making the world a better place.

According to Ian Leahy, Director of Urban Forest Programs, receiving the award is not only an honor, but it also serves as encouragement for the program moving forward.

“A few years ago, we reimagined our urban forest programs so that we could immerse ourselves in communities,” says Leahy. “T... (Read More)