Category Archive: Blog


Forest Digest — Week of November 3

Check out this week’s Forest Digest: “What puts forests more at risk — climate change or attempts to counter it?” — NewsWorks.org The U.N. report on climate change urges investors to drop fossil fuel stocks in favor of renewables while also giving advice to policy makers including the restoration of forests, which play the vital […]

The ghost trees

Ghosts! They seem to be everywhere this time of year. Not just in the haunted houses and twilit graveyards you would expect, but in the stores, the neighbor’s yard and even at the door asking for candy! Well, ghosts can be found in forests too. Deep in the coldest, highest elevations of the northern Rocky […]

Forest Digest — Week of October 27

We have hefty Halloween version of Forest Digest this week. Enjoy! “These Miniature Super-Forests Can Green Cities With Just A Tiny Amount Of Space” — We covered this a few weeks, but here’s an in-depth look into the process! A startup in India has figured out how to soak up pollution and reduce floods for […]

Senator Wyden’s Forest Bill

By Anne Regan, Policy Intern Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has been pushing a bill aiming to increase logging on federal forests in western Oregon — and no one is particularly happy about it. A post-election work session with Chairwoman Mary Landrieu (D- La.) and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will take place on […]

We are the champions

Say hello to the new champions! In its latest edition of the American Forests Champion Trees national register, American Forests has crowned 72 new national champion and co-champion trees. After weeks of anticipation, you can browse your favorite species or check to see whether your favorite champs kept their crown. Highlights of this fall’s update […]

Forest Digest — Week of October 20

Check out this week’s Forest Digest: “Climate Isn’t Changing Forests as Much as We Thought” — Nature World News Changes in disturbance regimes have had a much bigger impact than climate change in the changing composition of eastern forests, according to research from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. The study shows that eastern forests […]

Forest Digest — Week of October 13

Check out this week’s Forest Digest: “Did Deforestation Pave the Way for Ebola Outbreak?” — Discovery News The three West African countries hit hardest by the recent Ebola epidemic — Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone — have each experienced massive deforestation, following a pattern since the 1990s in which outbreaks of the virus have closely […]

The first ‘best idea’

It was America’s original “best idea.” Yellowstone National Park was America’s — and the world’s — first national park, established in 1872. It’s a land of abundant wildlife and geothermal wonders. And it’s the destination of American Forests’ third Forestscape. In February 2015, we’ll be taking a getaway to see this iconic landscape in all […]

Forest Digest — Week of October 6

Check out this week’s Forest Digest: “California drought: Team climbs high to assess redwoods threat” — San Francisco Chronicle Scientists study how this year’s record-setting drought in California has affected the state’s storied redwood forests. “Experts: Thinning Forests Could Help Increase Ground Water Supply” — CBS Sacramento An experiment is underway in the Sierra Nevada […]

Forest pests: Where is the threat?

By Faith Campbell, Emeritus environmental advocate and tree-pest expert As I said in my previous blog, many damaging pests enter the United States by hiding inside wood packaging material (WPM) such as crates and pallets. What types of imports pose the greatest risk of carrying unwanted insect pests in crates and pallets? Heavy items, such […]