Category Archive: Blog


Two Bedrock Laws Put Under Scrutiny

The 113th Congress is sworn in and both legislation and roadmaps of legislative initiatives have started rolling forward. While both the talk and much of the media networks’ air time surround gun control, immigration, the debt ceiling and other large initiatives, environmental focus has not been lost in all quarters. And no, I’m not talking […]

Voices for Change

While many today are tuning into the presidential inauguration, we want to direct your attention to three young people trying to make a change in their communities. Last week, we told you about Scotties TREES ROCK! Video Contest, where students around the country were invited to share videos of how trees are important to them, […]

ID the Tree!

This last weekend, I went on a wonderful hike around Great Falls Park. As we started the hike, I was quickly reminded of the Winter Tree ID class that I took several years ago, where we went on a field trip to that exact same location at this time of year to identify the trees. […]

Thanks, Secretary Salazar

As Washington hurriedly prepares for the glitz and glamour of swearing in President Obama on Monday for a second term, the president’s administration is dealing with a flurry of cabinet openings. Yesterday, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ken Salazar announced that he would be leaving his post by the end of March to […]

Securing Rural Schools

Yesterday, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that $323 million will be allocated to 41 states and Puerto Rico as part of a one-year reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act (SRS). For those of you who aren’t familiar with the SRS bill, it first passed in 2000 at a time […]

Kids Show How TREES ROCK!

Want to see some of the cutest things ever? No, we’re not talking about yawning pandas or kitties. We’re talking about some enthusiastic, creative kids sharing why they love forests and trees. For the last few years, American Forests has been teaming with Scotties Facial Tissue on TREES ROCK!, an educational program aimed at kids […]

Undiscovered Potential

Being sick is no fun. But, as a glass-half-full kind of girl, I have always appreciated the reality check, reminding me not to take my health — or our growing knowledge of how to combat disease — for granted. I was recently prescribed some antibiotics by my doctor for strep throat, bringing pharmaceuticals onto my […]

Beat the Heat

This week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that 2012 was the warmest and second most extreme weather year on record for the lower 48 states. The agency reports that the average temperature in 2012 was 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 3.3 degrees above the 20th century yearly average and 1.0 degrees above […]

Fighting for the Farm Bill

Last week’s fiscal cliff deal included a nine-month extension for the Farm Bill. While the deal doesn’t provide mandatory funding to energy programs in the Farm Bill, it does extend most conservation provisions that are already (or set to be) expired, like the Wetlands Reserve Program and Healthy Forests Reserve Program. Other programs like EQIP, […]

Voyage Through the Ages

A national park that speaks to the thrill of exploration celebrates its birthday today. Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota became the nation’s 36th national park when Richard Nixon signed it into creation in 1971, but don’t plan on taking in its sites in your car. This “Land of Lakes” is more than a third water […]