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Forest Digest — Week of June 16

Happy Friday! We are pleased to share another edition of Forest Digest with you to ring in the weekend. Here is this week’s news in trees: “2 Billion New Trees To Be Planted In India, Official Says” — HuffPost Green A plan that fights unemployment and protects forests? Snaps for India! Last week, the country’s […]

Global ReLeaf making a splash in New Mexico

By Caroline Brooks, Communications Intern National Rivers Month continues and so does our coverage of some riparian reforestation projects from the Global ReLeaf program. In the previous post, we discussed one contribution American Forests has made to the conservation of waterways in order to sustain a species — the salmon — that relies on rivers […]

Forest Digest — Week of June 9

Loose Leaf is proud to introduce Forest Digest! Once a week, we will share recent forest-related news from around the world. Check out this week’s news in trees: “Tree rings give scientists information about weather conditions hundreds of years ago” — The Washington Post David W. Stahle, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geosciences at […]

Dive in to National Rivers Month

By Caroline Brooks, Communications Intern June offers us many occasions to celebrate: the end of school, the beginning of summer and, among all the season’s celebrations, National Rivers Month! All of these events encourage us to get outside and take advantage of this gift that Mother Nature has granted us. Across the country, rivers serve […]

Honoring Maya Angelou

The world lost a great woman on Wednesday. Maya Angelou’s “When Great Trees Fall” is the final poem in her fifth collection, I Shall Not Be Moved. When Great Trees Fall Maya Angelou When great trees fall, rocks on distant hills shudder, lions hunker down in tall grasses, and even elephants lumber after safety. When […]

Mother Earth, Mother’s Day

I am not the first woman in the world to be surprised at how much having kids has transformed my life, my priorities, and certainly, my sleep patterns. Before becoming a mother, I was almost completely immersed in my career and certainly felt as if I were completely attuned to everything and everyone around me. […]

Unnavigable Congress awaits many conservation bills

By Alexandra Bower Seeing legislation stifled in a Congress that is so gridlocked by partisanship is not cause for surprise. What about 10 conservations bills introduced and languished 52 times in the last 30 years? Surprised yet? Since 1984, 10 high-profile land conservation bills have been introduced and stifled on 52 separate occasions in the […]

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 […]