Category Archive: Blog


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 […]

Forest Digest — Week of April 20, 2015

Happy Arbor Day everyone! Celebrate trees today with the latest Forest Digest! In Northwest, A Push To Protect Forest As Geothermal Projects Near — NPR The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington state will open more than 80,000 acres of land for geothermal power development. Up to 20,000 homes could be powered by just one […]

2015 Champion Trees announced

Since 1940, American Forests has recorded the biggest known trees of their species in the annual American Forests Champion Trees national register. Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the program this year, American Forests has crowned 37 new national champion and co-champion trees, bringing the total to 781 national champions listed in the register! Notable information […]

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