Category Archive: Blog


Transforming Cities With Trees

Today, I am excited to share the results of a year-long initiative with you. Last fall, American Forests began a project in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry program to conduct research on and spread awareness of the amazing benefits of urban forests. Urban forests are ecosystems composed of trees and […]

A Greener Generation

Two recent initiatives have made an investment in the future of sustainability. A boost for the GreenSchools! program and a new website facilitating campus farming have both targeted students in an effort to change the way we interact with the environment. Project Learning Tree’s GreenSchools! creates an educational system that is as sustainable as their […]

Lame Duck Session

Until the newly-elected members of Congress settle in on Capitol Hill in January, we’re stuck in what’s known as a “lame duck” session of Congress. It’s an interesting period of time. On one hand, members that have not been re-elected have less political clout and may choose to take little or no action for the […]

People of the Forest

This week, countries around the world are observing Orangutan Caring Week. I remember my fascination the first time I saw one of these amazing animals as a child at the Philadelphia zoo. It was an adult male and his cheek pads made him stand out from the rest of the apes. A crowd of children […]

Living Tributes

By Michelle Werts This Sunday is Veterans Day — a day when Americans take a moment to give thanks to all the brave men and women who have served in our nation’s military. This national day of tribute and thanks is held on November 11th every year because on the eleventh hour of the eleventh […]

Counting Their Losses

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, assessing the damage has become a priority. After a storm in which millions of people lost power and the streets of New York and New Jersey were shut down, it is clear that much of the East Coast has seen significant destruction. It can be difficult to quantify the […]

Priorities for a New Term

It’s the beginning of a new term for President Obama. Perhaps you’re like me and stayed up late to watch the election coverage last night. In Washington, D.C., it’s the cause for many a social gathering, including a huge crowd in front of the White House that I got to be smack dab in the […]

A Birds’-eye View of Birds

They say birds of a feather flock together, but it’s not always true. Sometimes, birds of a feather — birds of the same species — are separated regionally, may be divided along lines of habitat or migration patterns or display other differences that lead scientists to classify them as distinct subspecies. For example, the greater […]

A Future of Flooding

Last week’s Hurricane Sandy packed a devastating punch, exposing many areas’ vulnerabilities to storm surge and sea level rise along the East Coast, which could very well bolster the case for much-needed change in the government’s approach to evaluating flood risk. As reported by The Washington Post, with the increased likelihood of extreme weather due […]

The Problem of Mary Jane

By Michelle Werts Marijuana. This fun-to-say little word comes loaded with controversy and strong opinions. And it appears that the longer controversy and debate surround it, the more our forests, streams and natural environs may be in danger. Last year, I talked about how researchers had discovered illegal marijuana plots in 67 national forests across […]