Category Archive: Big Tree

Wanted: Wildfire

By Michelle Werts Wildfires are one of the most prolific forces affecting our nation’s forests. They are often intense and unpredictable — and are only likely to become more so in the coming decades thanks to climate change. They threaten homes and communities, which is why American Forests supports projects like the U.S. Forest Service’s […]

The Value of Conservation

By Josh DeLacey The outdoors makes money — even more money than we thought it did two years ago. Commissioned by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Southwick Associates, Inc., recently released a study of The Combined Value of Outdoor Recreation, Natural Resource Conservation and Historic Preservation, which found that those three areas annually generate at […]

Striving for Justice

Earlier in the month, I attended the National Environmental Justice Conference (NEJC) in Washington, D.C. Over the span of the conference, I was able to hear from people from all over the country who are working on environmental justice issues. Some of the speakers had been working on environmental justice for half a century! A […]

A Pesky (and Costly) Problem

By Tacy Lambiase Think you know the impact that invasive pests can have on our ecosystems and pocketbooks? You might want to think again. Every year, pesky insects and pathogens cost our nation billions of dollars in damaged crops and forestlands. Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a list of the […]

A Long-Expected Budget

By Josh DeLacey President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2014 budget recommendations on Wednesday, and with only a few disappointments, the budget shows dedicated support for forestland health and federal conservation programs. To keep sequester cuts from inflicting more damage, the president’s budget is based on FY2012 funding levels, a decision American Forests has advocated […]

This is Your Brain on Nature

It’s not news that time in the great outdoors is good for your brain. We’ve written before about how exposure to nature is good for creative problem solving and mental health. But how can we determine how much of this relationship is causal when there could be other reasons for correlation? Well, a new study […]

Big Tree Madness Recap

What a win for the Midwest! Not only did the Louisville Cardinals take home the crown in last night’s NCAA championship, but the title of “Ultimate Big Tree” also went to a Midwestern tree in the Big Tree Madness final. Congratulations to Missouri’s “Prickly and Persistent” Ozark chinkapin! Many may look at the champion and […]

Under the Sea

By Michelle Werts You know that old expression about “work following you home”? Well, last week, I had work following me on vacation. No, I wasn’t checking emails while visiting the Caribbean, but I did find myself reflecting on topics that are often discussed around the halls of American Forests and here on Loose Leaf, […]

America’s Most Popular Parks

By Tacy Lambiase This week, the National Park Service released a list of the most visited National Parks during 2012. The total number of national park visitors for the year — over 282 million people — was the sixth highest number of annual visitors in the history of the National Park Service. Great Smoky Mountains […]

Big Tree Madness Final Four

Big Tree Madness Final Four kicked off today with the “Mighty” Montezuma Baldcypress from Texas representing the South and the “Brave Giant” Acacia Koa of Hawaii representing the West. Tomorrow the “Prickly and Persistent” Ozark Chinkapin of Missouri will go up against the “Overtly Awesome” Osage-orange from Virginia. The Ozark chinkapin will be one to […]