An Excel-lent Evening for Urban Forests


by Loose Leaf Team
Urban Forests Case StudiesBy Michelle Werts Last night was a special one for both me and American Forests. At the Association Media & Publishing’s 33rd Annual EXCEL Awards gala last night, we collected a Gold Award and an EXTRA! Award for our Urban Forests Case Studies: Challenges, Potential and Success in a Dozen Cities. The book, which we published last fall, was a labor of love, and while it feels tremendous to be honored for it, I am more excited about the award in hopes that it will help expose more people to the world of urban forests. Of all of the issues we tackle here at American Forests, an urban forest is one of the gnarliest to comprehend. I me... (Read More)



Funding for Urban Forests


by Amanda Tai
513820346_98f367da7b_z A recent U.S. Forest Service study published in Environmental Pollution indicates that America’s urban forests store up to 700 million tons of carbon, which is estimated to provide a $50 billion benefit. American Forests Science Advisory Board member David Nowak led the study at the agency’s Northern Research Station by looking at field data from 28 cities. In the 486 urbanized areas in the United States, there is an overall population density of 2,534 people per square mile. With such densely concentrated urban populations, it’s important to continue funding the federal programs and research that invest in urban forests. There a... (Read More)



A Central Park Walkabout


by Matthew Boyer, VP of Individual Giving
American Forests supporters explore Central Park's North WoodsDespite a steady rain, 16 American Forests' supporters showed up for a beautiful stroll through the least visited part of New York’s Central Park called the North Woods over the weekend. This was the inaugural event for American Forests Walkabouts, a newly created program that provides opportunities for members and their friends to get out and enjoy forests in their own city or out in the wilderness. Regina Alvarez, former director of horticulture and woodland management for the Central Park Conservancy, guided our walk and did a wonderful job of teaching us all about the history of the North Woods, as well as the invasive species th... (Read More)



The Survivor Tree


by Melinda Housholder, Urban Forests Program Director
Oklahoma City Survivor TreeA week ago, I stood in front of “The Survivor Tree” at the site of the Oklahoma City bombing, humbled by the strength of this tree that so accurately reflects the courage and spirit of the Oklahoma City community. Today, as I hear stories and see images of the destruction caused by the tornado just four days after I left, my heart is saddened, and my thoughts are with those who must soon start to face the journey of recovery. Tearing through 17 miles of central Oklahoma and leveling hundreds of homes on Monday, the F5 tornado spanned 1.3 miles and packed winds that topped 200 mph. As the search continues for those who are missing, I’... (Read More)



A River Runs Through It


by Loose Leaf Team
Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.By Michelle Werts A few years ago, a friend and I decided to take an impromptu canoeing trip along the Potomac River. It was a lovely experience … until I attempted to climb out of the canoe and instead of finding myself on a dry dock, I found myself halfway submerged in the murky waters of the Potomac. After my laughter at my sheer clumsiness subsided, my next thought was “I need a shower and may need to burn these clothes” because anyone who lives in the D.C. area knows that the waters of the local Potomac and Anacostia Rivers are not the most sanitary places around. An innovative new program headed by the Environmental Protectio... (Read More)