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Are palms truly trees?

By Sheri Shannon There certainly is a lot of healthy debate out there about whether palms are “true trees.” What constitutes a “true tree?” Does it have to be of a certain height and girth? Does the crown spread have to be the equivalent of a wide-spreading southern live oak? Trees vary in shape and […]

A Rainbow of Global ReLeaf Projects for 2014

In its 24th year, American Forests Global ReLeaf is adding 33 new and continuing projects to the list of ways we’re helping forests around the world. And let me tell you, these projects are as diverse as the rainbow! Whether you call them red, orange or yellow, golden lion tamarins are facing a plight that […]

Cloudy, with a chance of climate change:
U.N. panel releases grim report

By Alexandra Bower The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recently reported on the risks of climate change for the first time in seven years, and the outlook isn’t pretty. The IPCC states that the world is “ill-prepared” for the effects of a changing climate, which are only expected to worsen. From […]

Take a Break, Enjoy a Tree

Let a tree brighten your day today! Here’s some inspiration to you get you started. Give me of your bark, O Birch Tree! Of your yellow bark, O Birch Tree! Growing by the rushing river, Tall and stately in the valley. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Celebrating the UN’s International Day of Forests

By John-Miguel Dalbey Today is the second annual United Nations International Day of Forests. First observed as an international day on March 21, 2013, this day continues the celebration of forests begun with two previous days:  the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s World Forestry Day, founded in 1971, and Forest Day, convened by the […]

Fewer Beetles May Not Mean Fewer Concerns

Once the numbers came in from the U.S. Forest Service’s annual aerial survey last month, people started to feel hopeful: The mountain pine beetle was declining in Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota. In fact, the beetle infected fewer acres in Colorado in 2013 than in any year since 1998. Through our Endangered Western Forests initiative, […]

Researchers develop plant-based
water filtration system

One billion people across the world don’t have access to clean drinking water, and waterborne disease kills millions of people, notably children, each year. A researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is developing a potentially game-changing water filtration system from an unlikely source: trees. Dr. Rohit Karnik, a mechanical engineering professor at MIT, […]

Trees and Weatherization

By John-Miguel Dalbey The end of winter doesn’t officially come until March 21, and as Winter Storm Wiley proved in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, cold temperatures and heavy snowfall can still trigger tree-related problems and fixes. This winter’s major snow events, high winds and cold temperatures have many people turning their attention to “weatherizing” their […]

It’s Back! Big Tree Madness 2014

It’s back, bigger and madder than ever! Big Tree Madness 2014 kicks off today, giving visitors to American Forests’ Facebook page the chance to vote for which national champion tree should be this year’s Ultimate Big Tree. Today’s match-up, the first of the Sweet Sixteen, is between Connecticut’s “Unbelievable” Umbrella Magnolia and Virginia’s Willow “WOW!” […]

Keeping Wildlife and People SAFE

By Alexandra Bower With over 7 billion people living on this earth, it’s little wonder we would have a negative effect on our environment. Climate change is one of these negative effects that we have exacerbated by emitting high levels of carbon into the atmosphere daily, through deforestation and by altering our land-uses. In recent […]