Category Archive: Big Tree

The National Register of Big Trees Is Here!

By Katrina Marland & Michelle Werts We’ve been teasing you with tidbits from it for weeks, but today, the teasing is done: The full 2012 National Register of Big Trees is now available over in the Big Tree section. Now, for those of you that are newbies to Loose Leaf or to the National Register, […]

Father of Landscape Architecture and Urban Parks

By Michelle Werts Last week, we celebrated the birthday of the “Father of National Parks.” Today, we’re recognizing another famous father. Frederick Law Olmsted, aka “Father of Landscape Architecture” and creator of many of America’s famous urban parks, was born on this date in 1822. During a century in which America was rapidly expanding and […]

Fish and Wildlife: Beyond the Five-Year Plan

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director Dan Ashe testified before a Senate Environment and Public Works panel yesterday, urging lawmakers to renew the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). The bill was enacted in 1989 to provide administrative support for a wetlands conservation and habitat restoration grant program, but that funding is scheduled to run […]

Legal Environmentalism

Today, Loose Leaf welcomes its third regular guest blogger, Alison Share, who will be joining us on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Unlike the rest of current blogging team, Alison comes from outside the nonprofit world: She’s a law associate who works in torts and public policy, which often overlaps into the environmental world, […]

Fun in the Forest

By Katrina Marland So far this Earth Month, we’ve been looking at a lot of the great benefits that forests provide, from mitigating climate change to providing homes for wildlife and managing water flow in our cities. But today, let’s look at a completely different thing that forests provide for us: Fun! Forests are like […]

Happy Earth Day!

By Katrina Marland & Michelle Werts What does Earth Day mean to you? Maybe it offers an opportunity to volunteer in your community, cleaning a local park or sprucing up the landscaping outside of a school or office building. Or maybe Earth Day is another day to get outside and enjoy our beautiful planet on […]

Small But Mighty

By Michelle Werts When I first heard of American Forests’ National Big Tree Program, I instantly envisioned towering, giant trees — the kind that hurt your neck when you try to take in all their grandeur. But, my awe of those redwoods and sequoias was soon replaced by a love for the “tiny titans.” As […]

Father of National Parks

By Katrina Marland The conservation movement has been fortunate enough to have a number of truly wonderful figures over the years. Few of these people, however, are as recognizable a name as John Muir. This man was a naturalist, a writer, an adventurer and above all an advocate for wilderness. His work was so influential […]

Protecting Forests: On the Ground and in Congress

This week, Congress is busy with hearings and debate on a number of land-use bills, quite a few of which impact our forests. Yesterday, I attended a House Natural Resources Subcommittee hearing to discuss the Land Acquisition to Cut National Debt Act (or LAND Act). Though cutting the national debt is a topic that concerns […]

Keeping Sewage Out of Our Water

Sewage in our rivers? Yuck! I was really disturbed when I learned a few years ago about combined sewer systems — where sewage and rainwater is collected in one pipe system — and just how many cities have these. Although no longer built into new communities, more than 770 older cities still use their combined […]