Category Archive: Big Tree

’Tis the Season for Giving

What does December bring to mind? For me, it’s a chill in the air — any day now would be nice, D.C. (this Midwest girl needs her snow) — baking, shopping and family, although not necessarily in that order. For many, December is also synonymous with Salvation Army Santas, Toys for Tots and other worthy […]

Success Is Sweet for Rural Communities

I love Vermont and maple syrup. None of that fake sugary “pancake syrup” for me. I grew up in New England, where I was surrounded by a culture that embraced small farmers and local businesses like maple syrup producers. Thanks to a new grant program from the USDA, my Sunday brunches will now be a […]

O Christmas Tree!

During the holidays, trees in every community do double duty as harbingers of the season. In the town where I live, many street trees are ablaze with lights, transforming the shopping district into a cheerful and magical destination. Here in Washington, our headquarters is only a few blocks from the National Christmas Tree, which President […]

Between a Rock and a Rising Ocean

On an island in Alaska’s Northwest Arctic Borough is a town called Kivalina. It’s a small community of just over 400 people, many of them Inupiats. Despite the rural location and a population that keeps mostly to itself, Kivalina is a town that we should all be paying attention to. The barrier island on which […]

Don’t Take the Trees!

Yesterday, Katrina talked about working Christmas tree farms, where the farmers work hard to make sure that they are planting as many trees as are being removed from their farm, but what happens when trees are removed in cities and towns to be replaced by new apartments, shops and other developments? That’s the very dilemma […]

Deck the Halls

I’m really looking forward to this weekend. Every year on the first weekend of December, the Christmas tree goes up at my house. Being a holiday nut, I love kicking off the season by picking out and decorating the perfect tree. With this exciting event on the horizon, I thought it a good time to […]

Climate Change Is in the Air

Up until now, I’ve only talked about environmental policy within the U.S. But there’s a lot happening at the international level as well. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has been working on climate change issues since 1995. Under the UNFCCC’s Kyoto Protocol, industrialized countries have committed to address climate change by […]

A Grizzly Win

Yellowstone National Park has a long, storied history — especially when it comes to its wildlife. Who can forget the controversial reintroduction of gray wolves to Yellowstone in the mid-90s? Then, there are the ubiquitous snapshots of tourists and park employees mingling with bears from the early 1900s. And, wouldn’t you know, those bears are […]

Gifts of Green

So it’s the week after Thanksgiving. The parade was great, the turkey was delicious and the football was fun. Now, it’s time to get down to business: holiday shopping. If you’re like me, you’ve already got a list a mile long that you’ve been determinedly ignoring for the last couple weeks because hey, it wasn’t […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Did you know that Thanksgiving didn’t become a national holiday until 1863? While the pilgrims celebrated the “first” Thanksgiving way back in 1623, it took almost 250 years for it to become an annual, national tradition. So, remember to thank Honest Abe today for officially recognizing this day of thanks every fourth Thursday in November. And […]