Category Archive: Big Tree

Policy Update: Fire Suppression Funding Legislation

American Forests, as part of the Partner Caucus on Fire Suppression Funding Solutions, urges Congress to find a lasting solution for wildfire suppression funding. Currently, wildfire suppression is funded at the 10-year average. When suppression costs exceed the budget, the USDA Forest Service (USFS) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) are forced to borrow […]

Forest Digest — Week of May 25, 2015

We took a Memorial Day weekend break, but back at it again with May’s last Forest Digest. Key habitat, other benefits in urban forested parcels — Statesman Journal Cynthia Orlando of Springfield from the Oregon Department of Forestry discusses urban green space and how it serves as essential wildlife habitat. Key Steps to Saving Latin […]

GR25: Reforesting a unique bog in 2005

As the weather begins heating up and formerly dry, cool air gives way to hot temps and humidity — as we in D.C. know all too well! — the current climate encourages a discussion and reminder about arguably one of the most important local ecosystems to many countries worldwide: wetlands. Fostering a myriad of benefits […]

Striking the right chord

Nick Colesanti, Vice President, Supply Chain, Martin Guitar Old-growth forests provide protection for watersheds, habitats for wildlife and wonderful recreational areas. But they also provide wood for musical instruments. For years, the finest woods for the world’s best instruments have come from these forests. Martin Guitar is concerned about sustainability because as human populations and […]

Forest Digest — Week of May 11, 2015

The weekend is here, but before you settle in for some R&R, take a look at this Friday’s Forest Digest. Harvard Forest report: Valuable Mass. ecosystems shrinking — Worcester Telegram Researchers at Harvard Forest, Harvard University’s laboratory for ecological research, found in a new study that development is causing forest ecosystems across Massachusetts to shrink. […]

GR25: Putting the “Global” in Global ReLeaf

Naturally, American Forests predominantly works to protect and restore urban and wildland forests within the United States. However, what happens when there is critical need across the entire globe or when migrating wildlife species continue to make their journey for thousands of miles, regardless of political borders? American Forests’ Global ReLeaf was partially founded on […]

Forest Digest — Week of May 4, 2015

The first week of May has been an eventful — and troublesome — one in the world of forests. Take a look in this edition of Forest Digest. Drought kills 12 million trees in California’s national forests — The Los Angeles Times Last month, researchers the U.S. Forest Service conducted an aerial survey of more […]

Environmental education grows future leaders in sustainability

Erin Sandlin, Policy Intern Schools across the nation are “going green” by implementing carbon footprint reducing techniques such as incorporating solar power and instituting recycling and composting efforts. But do these actions really contribute to the greening of a school? What constitutes sustainable development? Dr. Jean Kelso Sandlin, a professor at California Lutheran University and […]

GR 25: Re-Greening after Katrina in 2007

2007 was a true example of revival and resiliency for American Forests and one of its most critical programs to date: Katrina ReLeaf, which enveloped a number of projects targeting reforestation in response to one of America’s most devastating natural disasters. Indeed, this year marks the 10th anniversary of one of America’s five deadliest hurricanes […]

Celebrating 25 years of Cooperative Forestry

Deanne Buckman, Policy Intern There’s an old saying that it takes a village to raise a child. On April 29, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT); Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and Tom Tidwell, Chief of the U.S. Forest Service gathered at a reception sponsored by American Forests, the Sustainable Urban Forest […]