Category Archive: Big Tree

Dying With the Trees

By Michelle Werts In the Winter 2013 issue of American Forests, American Forests Science Advisory Board member Dr. Deborah McCullough reveals how tens of millions of ash trees have been lost since 2002 due to the invasive insect, emerald ash borer. In new research released earlier this month, scientists report that the loss of those […]

Kids Place Spotlight on Local Trees

Can’t get enough of last week’s inspiring TREES ROCK! videos? Neither can we! This week, we’re featuring three more finalists of Scotties TREES ROCK! Video Contest. Kids from across the country submitted videos explaining why they think trees are important and how their school could use $10,000 to improve its outdoor spaces. Watch what makes […]

A Changing Climate

By Michelle Werts Two weeks before President Obama took the oath of office for his second term, American Forests joined a broad coalition of environmental and conservation organizations that signed a letter encouraging the president to make climate change part of the national discussion during his second term. We asked him to “lead the public […]

Beetle vs. Bear

Picture a creature weighing as much as 720 lbs., roaming vast expanses of the American West — top of the food chain and king of the Rocky Mountains, embodying freedom and the spirit of the West. If you were picturing the grizzly bear, then, we’re on the same page. This is how many people picture […]

Urban Forests on a National Stage

According to the U.S. Forest Service, Washington D.C., is often referred to as the “city of trees” because of its unique layout and landscapes. A huge component of the city’s urban forest is the National Mall. Millions of people visit the National Mall and its surrounding memorials and museums each year. On January 20, 2009, […]

Two Bedrock Laws Put Under Scrutiny

The 113th Congress is sworn in and both legislation and roadmaps of legislative initiatives have started rolling forward. While both the talk and much of the media networks’ air time surround gun control, immigration, the debt ceiling and other large initiatives, environmental focus has not been lost in all quarters. And no, I’m not talking […]

Voices for Change

While many today are tuning into the presidential inauguration, we want to direct your attention to three young people trying to make a change in their communities. Last week, we told you about Scotties TREES ROCK! Video Contest, where students around the country were invited to share videos of how trees are important to them, […]

ID the Tree!

This last weekend, I went on a wonderful hike around Great Falls Park. As we started the hike, I was quickly reminded of the Winter Tree ID class that I took several years ago, where we went on a field trip to that exact same location at this time of year to identify the trees. […]

Thanks, Secretary Salazar

By Michelle Werts As Washington hurriedly prepares for the glitz and glamour of swearing in President Obama on Monday for a second term, the president’s administration is dealing with a flurry of cabinet openings. Yesterday, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ken Salazar announced that he would be leaving his post by the end […]

Securing Rural Schools

Yesterday, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that $323 million will be allocated to 41 states and Puerto Rico as part of a one-year reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act (SRS). For those of you who aren’t familiar with the SRS bill, it first passed in 2000 at a time […]