Category Archive: Big Tree

Exploring the Everglades

What do alligators and pine trees have in common? They’re both found in the Everglades ecosystem, along with hundreds of other plant and animal species. In fact, this ecosystem has one of the highest concentrations of threatened or endangered species in the country. Although the Everglades is known for its natural beauty and abundance of […]

Where Did the Sun Go?

I don’t get daylight saving time (DST). For 18 blissful years, my clocks never had to be changed thanks to Indiana’s abstinence from DST. Then, I went to college out of state and received a rude awakening. I love the extra hours of sunlight in my summer evenings … which is why I equally detest […]

The Not-So-Friendly Skies

There’s a bit of a power struggle going on in Europe. Well, not in Europe exactly — more like several thousand feet above it. You see, next year, the European Union will be adding aviation to its Emissions Trading System (ETS). Created in 2005, the ETS works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions using a cap […]

East Meets West

For the last month, American Forests’ policy team has played host to a distinguished visitor, Luo Yang, from China, who was here to learn more about America’s business practices, our forestry work and other cultural differences. We have greatly enjoyed Luo’s presence and wanted to give our Loose Leaf readers a chance to experience America’s […]

Move Faster, Forests!

Migration. For me, this word evokes an image of that magnificent flying “v” that birds (and certain hockey teams) employ to head to warmer waters in the fall and to head back north in the spring. But migration is not reserved for those of us with legs, wings, fins and flippers. Forests migrate, too! The big […]

Pipe Dreams

American energy independence continues to be a hot political topic as the 2012 presidential debates heat up and protests continue to make front page news. Over the past few months, I’ve witnessed the streets of D.C. transform into a protester’s paradise — from the Occupy D.C. folks to the tar sands rallies in front of […]

The Forest Is Closer Than You Think

Given that this is my first blog post for Loose Leaf, let me introduce myself. My name is Scott Steen, and I am the CEO at American Forests, a job I have had for about 11 months now. Prior to joining American Forests, I spent most of my career as a nonprofit executive, mostly serving […]

Chocolate: Trick or Treat?

Trick or treat? Well today, it’s a little of both. Since it’s Halloween, I thought we could talk about something really scary. In fact, this may be one of the more frightening things I have read in a very long time: chocolate could become a thing of the past. A recent study by the International […]

Ready for Our Close Up?

Next week, American Forests Autumn Issue hits our website. Inside, you’ll encounter some of America’s biggest trees, decipher the history that tree rings reveal and discover the hiking, canoeing and birding wonders of Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA). In an American Forests first, we’re giving you a sneak preview of the […]

I See Trees of Green … Very Rarely These Days

While apple and pumpkin picking happen to be my favorite fall activities, I must admit that the experience wouldn’t be the same without the green, red, orange and yellow color palette that accompanies it. Virginia’s spectacular fall foliage definitely makes the most routine excursion outdoors more enjoyable this time of year. In Virginia, though, if […]