Category Archive: Blog


Birds on the Move

By Katrina Marland Every year around the holidays, the Audubon Society organizes the annual Christmas Bird Count, an event in which volunteers across the U.S. help take a census on the birds that appear in their regions. A new study published in the Journal of Animal Ecology has used the data from 35 years of […]

The Future of the Forest Service

You may have noticed that I bring up the USDA Forest Service Planning Rule in quite a few of my blog posts. The reason it comes up so often is that this single piece of legislation has a significant impact on every forest managed by the agency. Following last month’s publication of the Planning Rule’s […]

Saving Green With a Button?

By Michelle Werts Raise your hand if you’d love to reduce your carbon footprint, but feel like you lack the information or resources to do so. In 2009, each American spent an average of $3,460 in energy expenditures according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. When this couple thousand dollars’ worth of electricity is consumed […]

Noisy Neighbors

By Katrina Marland Mankind is a noisy animal. Far beyond the sounds we can physically make ourselves, if you consider the noise produced by all the machinery and industry around the world, humans are by far the loudest creatures on Earth. And like that obnoxious college roommate that always played their music too loud, we […]

It’s Electric!

By Michelle Werts Lightning likes trees. No surprise, right? It’s something we’re taught as kids: Lightning seeks the path of least resistance to the ground, and tall objects, like trees, help it get to the ground faster. Well, as it turns out, there might be more at play here than just a tree’s magnificent height. […]

Celebrating World Water Day

By Katrina Marland I think that we can all agree that water is pretty important. We use it in everything from manufacturing to agriculture, and then, of course, there’s that other small detail: Water is essential to life on this planet. There’s not a single living thing on Earth that doesn’t need water. Today is […]

Spring: An Appropriate Time to Be in D.C.

Yesterday marked the first day of spring, a time of new life and new beginnings. In D.C., spring means the city comes back to life. I’ve witnessed it for the past two years, and it happens like clockwork. The warm weather arrives, and people become more pleasant (it’s true) and start spending more time outside. […]

Urban Forests Go to the Hill

Earlier this month, American Forests joined forces with other members of the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition (SUFC) and took to Capitol Hill to speak up for urban forests across the country. As part of the SUFC annual “fly-in,” constituents from all over the country met up in D.C. to talk with their political representatives about […]

Signs of Spring

By Michelle Werts Tomorrow’s Spring Equinox officially marks the beginning of a new season, but for many parts of the country, it felt like spring arrived weeks ago. The tree outside my window is already in full bloom, and the gorgeous magnolia I pass on my way to work each morning is already losing its […]

A Biological Clock

By Katrina Marland Have you ever pulled an all-nighter? If you have, you know that they are nearly always followed by a terrible, dragging fatigue. For the next day, or even several days, you just don’t feel right. That is nature catching up with you. You see, the human body is only meant to function […]