Category Archive: Blog


Forest Digest — Week of May 4, 2015

The first week of May has been an eventful — and troublesome — one in the world of forests. Take a look in this edition of Forest Digest. Drought kills 12 million trees in California’s national forests — The Los Angeles Times Last month, researchers the U.S. Forest Service conducted an aerial survey of more […]

Environmental education grows future leaders in sustainability

Erin Sandlin, Policy Intern Schools across the nation are “going green” by implementing carbon footprint reducing techniques such as incorporating solar power and instituting recycling and composting efforts. But do these actions really contribute to the greening of a school? What constitutes sustainable development? Dr. Jean Kelso Sandlin, a professor at California Lutheran University and […]

GR 25: Re-Greening after Katrina in 2007

2007 was a true example of revival and resiliency for American Forests and one of its most critical programs to date: Katrina ReLeaf, which enveloped a number of projects targeting reforestation in response to one of America’s most devastating natural disasters. Indeed, this year marks the 10th anniversary of one of America’s five deadliest hurricanes […]

Celebrating 25 years of Cooperative Forestry

Deanne Buckman, Policy Intern There’s an old saying that it takes a village to raise a child. On April 29, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT); Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and Tom Tidwell, Chief of the U.S. Forest Service gathered at a reception sponsored by American Forests, the Sustainable Urban Forest […]

Forest Digest — Week of April 20, 2015

Happy Arbor Day everyone! Celebrate trees today with the latest Forest Digest! In Northwest, A Push To Protect Forest As Geothermal Projects Near — NPR The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington state will open more than 80,000 acres of land for geothermal power development. Up to 20,000 homes could be powered by just one […]

2015 Champion Trees announced

Since 1940, American Forests has recorded the biggest known trees of their species in the annual American Forests Champion Trees national register. Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the program this year, American Forests has crowned 37 new national champion and co-champion trees, bringing the total to 781 national champions listed in the register! Notable information […]

Plant trees this Earth Day!

Understanding a forest’s impact through restoration

By Pamela Jonah The only concrete connection I have to Earth Day is when we took our then small children to the Boston Esplanade for a day of warm sunshine and entertainment. Right now I’m looking at snow. In April. The frigid climate, record snowfall and drawn-out winter continues to wreak havoc on Boston’s state […]

Kicking off the National Parks Centennial

By Erin Sandlin, Policy Intern Growing up in Oregon and California, I was subject to the forces of nature (whether I liked it or not). As a child, I rode my bike through blackberry bushes that scraped my skin, I surfed waves that tumbled me like a load of laundry, I saw forest fires that […]

A look at our partnership with the Alcoa Foundation

By Sydney Mucha, Communications Intern As part as Alcoa Foundation’s Partnership for Trees Program, Alcoa is committed to plant 10 million trees by 2020, a portion of which they’ll plant with American Forests. More than 900,000 trees have been planted so far and the equivalent of 250,000 metric tons of CO2 have been absorbed by […]