Category Archive: Blog


A Forest Hero

By Katrina Marland Last year, the United Nations designated 2011 as the International Year of Forests. Now, with the year over, the UN Forum on Forests Secretariat is working to determine the winners of its first-ever Forest Heroes Awards. The UN received 90 nominations for the award from 41 countries around the world. Ultimately, there […]

Pay to Play

One of my favorite places in D.C. is Rock Creek Park. I frequently go there for hikes because I enjoy being outside and staying active. Want to know another reason why it’s so great? It costs absolutely nothing to get in! Washington, D.C. is a great city to find free things to do, and you […]

Missing the Cold

By Michelle Werts As we experience what I’m affectionately dubbing the dog days of winter — aka the unseasonably warm temperatures that much of the country has been experiencing of late — the news that some cold-loving flora may not survive the coming decades because of warming temperatures is hardly surprising, but still mightily depressing. […]

Let It Snow!

By Katrina Marland When I learned I would be moving to Colorado, I went out and bought some warmer winter gear — boots, coat and everything in between. Two weeks after I moved here, my hometown in Maryland got a storm so unusually severe it was called the “snowpocalypse” (or “snowmageddon,” depending on who you […]

Forested Beauty

By Michelle Werts This week in history, five of our states officially joined the United States: Georgia (1/2/1788) Connecticut (1/9/1788) Utah (1/4/1896) New Mexico (1/6/1912) Alaska (1/3/1959). In celebration, I wanted to share some of the forested beauty that you can experience in each. Georgia Our fourth state contains two national forests: Oconee and Chattahoochee […]

When Wolves Come to Town

By Katrina Marland There are a lot of animals that come to mind when you think of trees, but wolves aren’t usually one of them. So who would have thought that wolves are actually tree huggers at heart? Well, not exactly tree huggers per se, but lately wolves have done a lot of work to […]

Forest Thinning: Too Much of a Good Thing?

2011 was a record year for wildfires. Extreme drought conditions plagued the southwestern U.S. across Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona. The heat and dryness not only interfered with crops and livestock, but also caused one of the longest and most intense wildfire seasons ever. Texas, Arizona and New Mexico saw their biggest wildfires on […]

New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! In the spirit of the season, I thought I would share some resolutions that you (and we) might make to help care for the environment by protecting and restoring forest ecosystems (including the one in your neighborhood). Here are four to get you started: Plant some trees. Whether you plant a tree […]

Those Wacky Trees: A 2011 Retrospective

By Michelle Werts Earlier this month, while helping research and recall some of 2011’s top environmental stories for our year-in-review article, I came across some headlines and stories that represent what I like to refer to as “Who’d have thunk?” And in the few remaining hours of 2011, I thought it would be fun to […]

Treecycling: More Than Mulch

By Katrina Marland If you had a real Christmas tree this year, you probably enjoyed the fresh pine scent and gorgeous foliage throughout your holiday. With Christmas over, and the decorations coming down any day, you’re probably trying to figure out what to do with that tree. Which means you need to know more about […]