Category Archive: Big Tree

Whitebark pine: Strategy in the Greater Yellowstone Area

Whitebark pine ecosystems face pest, disease and climatic threats that have — and could further — wreak havoc on stands of this keystone species. Fortunately for the trees, and the plants and wildlife that rely on them to survive, American Forests and our partners in the Greater Yellowstone Area are working towards solutions that can […]

Forest Digest — Week of September 1

Another week and another Forest Digest. See what’s happening in the world of trees: “New Analysis Finds Over 100 Million Hectares of Intact Forest Area Degraded Since 2000” — World Resources Institute More than 104 million hectares — an area three times the size of Germany — of the world’s largest remaining forests experienced rapid […]

Water supply and the whitebark pine

American Forests helped leverage National Park Service (NPS) funding in the Greater Yellowstone Area (GYA) to estimate the Available Water Supply (AWS) for the 176 long-term whitebark pine monitoring sites. NPS personnel had previously started gathering data in 2013, but limited funding paused the project. Many people — including project lead David Thoma, an hydrologist […]

How large does the blue spruce grow?

By Robert T. Leverett, Native Tree Society How tall do blue spruces grow? Ornamental yard trees often reach 60 to 80 feet and 1.5 to three feet in diameter. Ostensibly reliable internet sources vary greatly on listed maximum heights. Some say more than 100 feet. Others cap the species off at 80, while one source […]

Introducing tree-pest expert Faith Campbell

Homepage photo credit: Kyle Ramirez Faith Campbell knows a thing or two about trees and the insects that threaten them. She brings years of experience, including her most recent post at The Nature Conservancy, to Loose Leaf as one of our new guest bloggers. Before diving into the interesting and sometimes volatile relationship between trees, […]

Forest Digest — Week of August 25

Summer is winding down, but our Forest Digest is still going strong. Check out this week’s news in trees: “Brazil Could Save Its Atlantic Forests for Just $200 Million a Year” — Newsweek Less than 15 percent of the original Atlantic Forest, which surrounds some of Brazil’s largest cities, remains. But scientists have calculated that […]

Forest Digest — Week of August 18

It’s Friday and Forest Digest is back! Check out this week’s news in trees: “New analysis links tree height to climate” — University of Wisconsin-Madison A botany professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studied how tree height, resource allocation and physiology vary with climate in Australia’s Victoria state. “Some trees face ‘extinction’ threat” — CBS […]

A presidential plea

Last week, American Forests launched its first-ever petition through TakePart’s Take Action forum — a letter to President Obama to make forests play an important role in the country’s climate change plan — and have seen a tremendous amount of people from across the world sign on. President Obama announced the initiative in July, highlighting […]

Forest Digest — Week of August 4

The first Forest Digest of August features some major wildfire stories. Check out this week’s news in trees: “Money allocated for fighting fires to run out” — Associated Press In order to pay for fighting this summer’s fires across the country, the U.S. Forest Service will soon have to scale back initiatives designed to help […]

Smokey at 70

By Carrie Brooks, Communications Intern This Saturday, Smokey Bear will take a short break from helping prevent forest fires and turn his attention to the flames atop 70 candles. Fortunately, there is no disaster here: these lit candles will adorn the American icon’s birthday cake! Smokey was brought into being by the U.S. Forest Service […]