Category Archive: Big Tree

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

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 […]

Forest Digest – Week of June 22, 2015

See Australia’s plans for Urban Forests and stay informed on California’s wildfires in this week’s Forest Digest! Urban forest creation guide unveiled in Melbourne in bid to increase Australia’s green spaces – CBS Australia Melbourne’s city council released a guide to urban forestry in Australia as part of a Victorian government-backed campaign to increase green spaces in […]

GR25: New Jersey in 2003

2015 is indeed a year of many anniversaries — American Forests’ own 140th anniversary, and, as we all know by now, the 25th year of Global ReLeaf. In addition, the site of the next leg of our journey through the past is celebrating an anniversary of its own this year: the 110th birthday of New […]

Environmental justice for the underserved

By Deanne Buckman, Policy Intern This is part 2 of a two-part series. Catch up here! Criminological theories help us to understand why urban forests may be able to reduce crime rates. By attracting people to public outdoor areas, urban green spaces create more opportunities for community members to interact with one another, which leads […]

Take in your closest forest in Great Outdoors Month

By Conrad Kabbaz, Policy Intern “Beauty is not an easy thing to measure. It does not show up in the gross national product, in a weekly paycheck, or in profit and loss statements. But these things are not ends in themselves. They are a road to satisfaction and pleasure and the good life. Beauty makes […]

Forest Digest — Week of June 15, 2015

Your latest Forest Digest, with everything from wildfires to woodpeckers! West Coast Flies to the Rescue of East Coast Hemlock Forests — Entomology Today A team of scientists hopes to combat the insect blight of the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid plaguing the hemlock forests of Appalachia by introducing a fly native to Washington state, with initial […]

Can trees help stop crime?

By Deanne Buckman, Policy Intern Certain things come to mind when we think about crime prevention: police squads, guard dogs, community watch groups. However, according to multiple studies, we should possibly also think of trees. As a criminology student and an intern at American Forests, I was intrigued when I discovered this connection between my […]

Forest Digest — Week of June 8, 2015

It’s been a big week for forests both at home and abroad. Stay up-to-date with the latest Forest Digest! Forests Win Big In Bonn Climate Breakthrough – The Huffington Post In an unexpected display of international cooperation, representatives at the UN climates talks in Bonn agreed on a drafted proposal of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and […]

Meet our new VP of conservation programs

Jeff Lerner recently came to American Forests as our new vice president of conservation programs. We’re excited for the diverse experience he’s bringing to the position and the organization — and we think you should be excited too! From his favorite in-the-field story to why he works in conservation, read more about Jeff. Q: Why […]

GR25: Replanting after the Hayman Fire

As many in the western U.S. begin to brace themselves for the upcoming fire season, we are reminded of a gargantuan wildfire that recently had its 13-year anniversary. On June 8, 2002, the human-caused Hayman Fire broke out 95 miles southwest of Denver. Allegedly ignited from a small, burning letter, and aided by a longstanding […]