Category Archive: Blog


The People’s Tree

By Lisa Swann More than 300 people gathered recently in 25-degree weather to witness the harvesting of the 88-foot 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree from the Colville National Forest in northeastern Washington State, the first step in its 5,000 mile journey to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. It took more than a dozen equipment operators […]

The Elf of Plants

THE MUSHROOM The mushroom is the elf of plants, At evening it is not; At morning in a truffled hut It stops upon a spot As if it tarried always; And yet its whole career Is shorter than a snake’s delay, And fleeter than a tare. ‘T is vegetation’s juggler, The germ of alibi; Doth […]

Solutions that Bear Fruit

By Marcelene Sutter We can all agree that freshness matters in the taste of produce, whether you harbor fond memories of blueberry picking as children or frequent the farmer’s market in search of garden-fresh fruits. However, city-dwellers often do not have the opportunity to pick fresh fruit for themselves, but that will soon change for […]

Bleak Bear Behavior

Images like this one have come to represent the consequences of climate change. The polar bear has become a symbol of the difficulties facing many wildlife species as their habitat continues to change at such a rate that they are often unable to adapt. In the polar bear’s case, as sea ice disappears, they are […]

Trouble for English Forests

By Lisa Swann If you’re a fan of “Downton Abbey” or “Monarch of the Glen,” then you know the importance of Great Britain’s forests. Useful not only to aristocratic landholders for income and fine hunting land, forests also provide beauty and health benefits and fight climate change for all. With forest land cover at only […]

Short-term Thinking for Long Term Solutions

By Marcelene Sutter From a young age, we are taught about the benefits of thinking ahead, but Lou Verchot, director of forests and environment research for the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), says that scientists may be thinking too far ahead in the presentation of their climate change data. Most of the current climate […]

The Fire of Fall Colors

  In the other gardens And all up the vale, From the autumn bonfires See the smoke trail! Pleasant summer over And all the summer flowers, The red fire blazes, The gray smoke towers. Sing a song of seasons! Something bright in all! Flowers in the summer, Fires in the fall! -Robert Louis Stevenson, 1885

Bats: Out of the Witches’ Cauldron and Into the Fire

Double, double, toil and trouble! The witches of Shakespeare’s Macbeth threw several of our forest creatures into their witch’s brew: Fillet of a fenny snake, In the cauldron boil and bake; Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog But this Halloween, some of these creatures have threats other […]

Timber Takes a Hit

By Marcelene Sutter In the dense forests that cover about half of Russia, the global leader in log exportation, trouble is brewing. Here, these trees are threatened by a dangerous manifestation of greed — organized crime. The timber of Russian trees is in such high demand that thieves have no problem selling illegally logged wood, […]

A Legacy of Conservation

By Lizzie Wasilewska This weekend marked the birthday of Theodore Roosevelt, who once wrote of our nations natural beauty that “we have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.” In […]