Category Archive: Blog


Getting kids learning in and about the environment

By Erin Sandlin, Policy Intern Nothing makes teachers feel better than when their students apply what they’ve learned in class to their lives outside of it. I experienced this during my time helping a teacher develop an environmentally focused curriculum. We were able to use our own backyard to show the complex environmental relationships that […]

Big Tree Madness returns for its third year

By Sydney Mucha, Communications Intern It’s that time of year again! Big Tree Madness is about to begin and in case you missed last year, are just tuning in or need a refresher, here is a rundown of all you need to know before the games begin. To make things more interesting this year, we […]

Forest Digest — Week of March 6, 2015

Well the storm has passed and spring is just around the corner — 14 days, but who’s counting? Help pass the time with this latest issue of Forest Digest. Genetic data can help predict how pine forests will cope with climate change — Phys.org Genetics play an important factor when it comes to survival in […]

GR 25: Fishlake National Forest, Utah, in 2011

As we journey further back in time through our Global ReLeaf history, our stop in 2011 involves a location that certainly has made a name for itself regarding longevity. In fact, it’s an area that contains arguably one of the oldest, largest single organisms on Earth and one of only 40 prestigious “Wonders of America” […]

Forest Digest — Week of February 23, 2015

Cheers to surviving another week! Here is your reward: the latest Forest Digest. Report: Wildfire Reconstruction of West’s Riskiest Homes is $237B — Insurance Journal Wildfires are known to damage property and can be extremely dangerous during periods of drought, which much of the West has been experiencing over the past few years. A new […]

Urban forestry’s next frontier

Urban forestry. The term itself seems contradictory. I used to gird myself when telling people what I do for a living. The inevitable bafflement would usually be followed by a pleasantly patronizing, “It’s nice you’re doing something you enjoy.” I would never argue, though, because I really do enjoy this work. I enjoy its depth […]

Forest Digest — Week of February 16, 2015

Hope everyone is surviving the brutal cold today! Why not read the hot-off-the-presses Forest Digest while you warm up? (Or at least try to!) Colombia seeks ‘environmental corridor’ across Andes, Amazon — Phys.org The president of Colombia recently proposed an “environmental corridor” linking the Andes Mountains, Amazon rainforest and Atlantic Ocean. In an attempt to […]

GR25: Forests for Fifty in 2012

As American Forests celebrates being 140 years young this year — don’t we look great for our age? — we continue onto the next leg of our Global ReLeaf journey. And in terms of American Forests’ history, it was certainly a doozy! In partnership with Subaru’s Share the Love event, American Forests undertook a monumental […]

Forest Digest — Week of February 9, 2015

Get ready for some great stories in the latest Forest Digest! Long-term changes in dead wood reveal new forest dynamics — Phys.org Dead wood has been accumulating in many forests, and while it does provide vital habitat for many different species of birds and mammals, it also poses a risk by providing fuel for forest […]

TakePart to combat climate change

By Sydney Mucha, Communications Intern Two weeks ago, the Senate voted on the issue of climate change, determining that “it is real and not a hoax.” Yet, the chamber still wouldn’t admit that climate change is human caused. Soon after, President Obama announced his proposed FY2016 budget, and while gains were made in Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program […]