Category Archive: Blog


5 Wildlife Species That Need Forests and Earth

By Austa Somvichian-Clausen, Communications Intern Earth is the foundation upon which any forest thrives. Without earth, seeds would not be able to receive the vital nutrients in order to grow. But, the soils of the Earth depend on forests, too — plants and decaying matter play an important role in the creation of new soil […]

The Important Relationship between Forests and Earth

By Austa Somvichian-Clausen, Communications Intern Soil, a complex and variable medium made up of mineral particles, organic matter, water, air and living organisms, is one of the most important components of a forest ecosystem. For millions of years, soils have provided the necessary foundation for trees and entire woodland ecosystems. It helps to regulate important ecosystem […]

Forest Digest – Week of April 04, 2016

Find out the latest in forestry news in this week’s Forest Digest! This week, each article corresponds to the element of fire as part of our Earth Month campaign and why #WeNeedForests. Like Fungi in the Bank: Sierra Nevada Forests Invest in Fire-Withstanding Fungi — California Magazine Fire resistant fungi spores could be a crucial […]

Big Tree Madness 2016: And the Winner Is…

By Shandra Furtado, Communications Intern Congratulations to Missouri’s white basswood, our 2016 Big Tree Madness Champion! In a match-up with first-time finalist New Hampshire and its pitch pine, Missouri won with 59 percent of the votes — the closest championship margin ever! This is Missouri’s second year in a row — and third overall — to […]

The Important Relationship between Forests and Fire

By Shandra Furtado, Communications Intern Fire: the ultimate debate between friend and foe. Our use of fire is what makes us human, while its power of destruction drives our fears. Since the beginning, we have had a natural urge to control and dominate fire. In the past century, however, the suppression of low-intensity natural forest fire […]

Forest Digest – Week of March 28, 2016

Find out the latest in forestry news in this week’s Forest Digest! Each article corresponds to one of the elements —Earth, air, fire and water — in our “Elements of Forests” Earth Month campaign and why #WeNeedForests. Fire: Record Wildfire Comes to Kansas, as Do Lifesaving Neighbors — New York Times The largest wildfire recorded […]

Earth Month 2016: The Elements of Forests

By Austa Somvichian-Clausen, Communications Intern There are four elements believed by many cultures to be fundamental to life: earth, air, fire and water. Though these four fundamental elements have not changed — they are constantly evolving, building and shaping the environment around us, including our world’s forests. Without a sufficient supply of water, our forests […]

Bees and Cherry Blossoms in D.C.: A Mutually Beneficial Relationship

By Shandra Furtado, Communications Intern The annual cherry blossoms attract a very important group of visitors to the D.C. area each spring. No, these guests are not foreign diplomats or government officials, but instead a group that has more control of global food production than most: the local honeybee. These little guys have no remorse when […]

Forest Digest – Week of March 21, 2016

Find out the latest in forestry news in this week’s Forest Digest! Esri and USDA Forest Service Introduce Interactive Trove of Maps — Businesswire.com In a display of successful private-public partnership, Esri and the USDA Forest Service have made available the Engagement Portfolio, which allows a broad spectrum of people to access a gallery of […]

Forest-Friendly NCAA Mascots

By Austa Somvichian-Clausen, Communications Intern In honor of March Madness consuming the minds and time of sports fans across the country, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite NCAA mascots that have a flair for forests! The Stanford Cardinal A deceiving name, Stanford University’s mascot isn’t actually a cardinal — it’s a tree! Well, […]