Category Archive: Big Tree

Why I’m Here: The Impact of Increased Housing Development on Our Forests & Our Emotions

By Andrew Bell, Policy Intern As the fall semester policy intern, I think a fitting introduction would express how I arrived at this destination and how protecting and restoring American forests has become our shared mission. I was born and raised in northeastern West Virginia. The state is affectionately referred to as “Wild, Wonderful” and […]

The Mental Benefits Provided by Urban Forests

By Conrad Kabbaz, Policy Intern We all feel better after a walk in the park, but can trees really be key to our mental well-being? According to recent studies featured in the New York Times and The New Yorker, they might, improving our physical health as well. Promising Results This possibility piqued the interest of […]

Forest Digest – Week of August 17, 2015

Get some perspective on what’s happening with our forests with this week’s Forest Digest. Prisoners Who Fight Wildfires in California: An Insider’s Look – The Marshall Project A Q&A session examines what it’s like to be an inmate firefighter in California, and you might be surprised at what they say. Vacationing in the trees: How […]

This Is It! The Quest for a New Champion Sugar Pine

Finding a champion tree is certainly an adventure! So, we wanted to share this vivid account of the quest to find a sugar pine that is pending nomination as a champion, as told by Carl Casey, nominator of the current sugar pine co-champion.  I was pushing my way slowly through a dense thicket of small […]

GR25: Partying Like It’s 1999…And Saving Salmon

For today’s blog post, we’re gonna party like it’s 1999 with an unlikely hero (after all, you can still party like it’s 1999 if you don’t have legs!). Indeed, the star of today’s show is none other than the threatened salmon, and it has been quite a journey for the past several years! As with […]

Forest Digest – Week of August 10, 2015

This week’s forest digest has the trends for wildfires and China’s environmental future. How Megafires are Remaking American Forests – National Geographic As climate change worsens, fires of a scale never seen before are running rampant across the west, and forests are responding differently than before. APP takes big move to restore forests ahead of […]

How Wildfires Are Burning through the U.S. Forest Service Budget

By David May, Communications Intern A report released by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) earlier this month has revealed a stunning increase in wildfire suppression costs. This past year, more than half of the organization’s budget went to fire suppression, a first in USFS history and a stark comparison to the 16 percent of the […]

How Urban Forests Can Help Mitigate ADHD Symptoms

By Conrad Kabbaz, Policy Intern It is widely known that urban forests improve air quality, but could green spaces be the solution to one of the most common childhood disorders? Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, affects 10 percent of American children. Symptoms include difficulty focusing, high impulsivity, and restlessness, all of which can negatively impact academic […]

Forest Digest – Week of August 3, 2015

Here’s the past week of all things forest, it’s your Forest Digest. EPA releases Clean Power Plan, uncertainty for biomass remains – Biomass Magazine In the recent legislation released by the EPA, the use of biomass for energy is regarded favorably; however, regulations for it are vague. More detailed rules are hoped to follow. US […]

GR25: Giving Back to Celebrated Stewards of the Earth in 2000

During the turn of the millennium, a lot of uncertainty abounded across America.  Many of us can remember holding our breath the evening of December 31, 1999 in anticipation of the notorious Y2K computer bug – a catastrophe that would result if early computers could not recognize the “00” of the year “2000,” resulting in […]