Category Archive: Blog


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 […]

Policy Year in Review

2012 is just a few days away. That means all the 2011 year-in-review lists are coming out. I usually check out the lists for top news stories or top songs, but what about environmental policies? This was certainly a year for environmental dispute with “the most anti-environment House in history” (as stated by Representative Henry […]

Greening the Silver Screen

By Michelle Werts Every family has their own holiday traditions. In my family, we go to the movies — this year, Aunt Missy took some wee ones to a family friendly film to get them out from under busy, cooking feet. But while going to the movies might be a favorite holiday pastime — or […]

Happy Holidays!

By Katrina Marland & Michelle Werts   Happy holidays from the American Forests family to yours! May they be filled with peace, love and joy — and green living.