Category Archive: Blog

American Forests Celebrates 140th Birthday!

Today, September 10, 2015, American Forests is celebrating 140 years of protecting and restoring forest ecosystems! While we are excited to commemorate this milestone as an organization, we know that the work we have done and will continue to do would not be possible without the support of so many of you. So, thank you! As we […]

2015 Trees Please Photo Contest Winners!

This summer, we held our first ever Trees Please photo contest, and it was a major success. Whether a simple, yet stunning landscape, a representation of the sheer size and scale of trees or a close look at trees’ powerful details, the photos each conveyed a different story. With so many gorgeous shots to choose […]

Forest Digest – Week of August 31, 2015

Find out the latest in forestry news in this week’s Forest Digest! Lots of Trees to Hug: Study Counts 3 Trillion Trees on Earth – New York Times A new study that was just released reveals that there are now more than three trillion trees growing on earth. While this is seven times more than […]

GR25: Planting for Eagles in 1998

Stars, stripes and bald eagles: few symbols are as ubiquitous and enmeshed with American culture as these three. Indeed, the American flag and the bald eagle alike have been idolized as symbols of bravery, courage, resilience and many other qualities that the U.S.A. prides and cherishes. The eagle has a widespread hold across the U.S., […]

Forest Digest – Week of August 24, 2015

Find out the latest in forestry news in this week’s Forest Digest! Earth is on track to lose an India-sized chunk of its tropical forests by mid-century – Washington Post The Center for Global Development released a new report on Monday estimating that, by the year 2050, an area of forest cover the size of […]

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 […]