Category Archive: Big Tree

Going Up In FLAMEs

Credit: The National Guard/ Flickr The western U.S. is experiencing one of the worst wildfire seasons on record with blazes leaving over 8 million acres scorched, according to federal data. Damage from these fires has impacted areas from the Rocky Mountains of Montana all the way down to Southern California and Texas. As fires continue […]

Clearing Space for a Space Shuttle

The space shuttle Endeavour has successfully completed 4,600 trips around the Earth, but the trip from LAX airport to the California Science Center, where it will spend its retirement, is proving to be a challenge on another frontier. The shuttle is too tall to clear overpasses on the highway route, too heavy to be airlifted […]

Birthday Reflections

I am pleased to welcome Susan Laszewski to Loose Leaf. Susan became part of the American Forests family last month and is joining me as the co-editor of Loose Leaf. ~MW American Forests celebrates our 137th birthday today. When you’re young, birthdays are a time to throw parties and eat cake and ice cream, but as […]

The Poetry in Tree Care

By Michelle Werts This week’s International Society of Arboriculture’s 2012 True Professional of Arboriculture isn’t just a tree lover, but is also a poet and writer. Bill Logan is a New York-based, ISA-Certified arborist, teacher at the New York Botanical Garden and president of Urban Arborists, Inc. and writer with W.W. Norton. “One of the […]

Worried About Wolves

Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced that Wyoming’s population of gray wolves had recovered enough to be removed from the protection of the Endangered Species Act. Effective Sept. 30, the wolves will be managed under Wyoming’s state management plans. For a species that was extinct in the region from the 1930s […]

Celebrating All That Is Wild

I’d like to take a moment to celebrate a major landmark in U.S. environmental policy that happened this week 48 years ago. Approved on September 3rd, the Wilderness Act of 1964 became the first piece of legislation in the U.S. to grant protection of designated wilderness areas under federal law. To protect these areas, the […]

Wildfire Orphans

By Michelle Werts During wildfire season, oftentimes, our attention is drawn to the big stories: The evacuation of up to 12,000 campers and hikers in Angeles National Forest over Labor Day Weekend due to the 4,000-plus-acre Williams Fire. More than 7.6 million acres burned across the country as of August 31, 2012 — on pace […]

From Oil to Trees

By Michelle Werts Arboriculture was not his first career for this week’s International Society of Arboriculture’s 2012 True Professional of Arboriculture. Texas-based Bruce Kreitler actually toiled on and around oil fields for 25 years before the demands of the job led him to turn his passion for trees into a new career. “I spent 25 […]

A Hospital Oasis Under Threat

By Michelle Werts Sometimes — oftentimes — it feels as though nature and development are locked in an eternal battle. Cities and communities are continually running out of space, while trees, flowers and shrubs need lots of precious space to thrive. So what is one to do when more space is needed for infrastructure, but […]

Hurricanes and Habitats

This week, Hurricane Isaac threatens to hit the same area that was hit by Hurricane Katrina seven years ago. Ever since I experienced a flood firsthand, I have been in awe of storms and how extreme weather can have an impact on people and places. The memory I have of being evacuated from my home […]