Category Archive: Blog


Don’t Take the Trees!

By Michelle Werts Yesterday, Katrina talked about working Christmas tree farms, where the farmers work hard to make sure that they are planting as many trees as are being removed from their farm, but what happens when trees are removed in cities and towns to be replaced by new apartments, shops and other developments? That’s […]

Deck the Halls

By Katrina Marland I’m really looking forward to this weekend. Every year on the first weekend of December, the Christmas tree goes up at my house. Being a holiday nut, I love kicking off the season by picking out and decorating the perfect tree. With this exciting event on the horizon, I thought it a […]

Climate Change Is in the Air

Up until now, I’ve only talked about environmental policy within the U.S. But there’s a lot happening at the international level as well. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has been working on climate change issues since 1995. Under the UNFCCC’s Kyoto Protocol, industrialized countries have committed to address climate change by […]

A Grizzly Win

By Michelle Werts Yellowstone National Park has a long, storied history — especially when it comes to its wildlife. Who can forget the controversial reintroduction of gray wolves to Yellowstone in the mid-90s? Then, there are the ubiquitous snapshots of tourists and park employees mingling with bears from the early 1900s. And, wouldn’t you know, […]

Gifts of Green

By Katrina Marland So it’s the week after Thanksgiving. The parade was great, the turkey was delicious and the football was fun. Now, it’s time to get down to business: holiday shopping. If you’re like me, you’ve already got a list a mile long that you’ve been determinedly ignoring for the last couple weeks because […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

By Katrina Marland & Michelle Werts Did you know that Thanksgiving didn’t become a national holiday until 1863? While the pilgrims celebrated the “first” Thanksgiving way back in 1623, it took almost 250 years for it to become an annual, national tradition. So, remember to thank Honest Abe today for officially recognizing this day of thanks […]

Planning (Rule) Ahead

Most of us don’t think about the government every time we walk through a forest. But did you know that behind every forest is a management plan keeping that forest healthy and beautiful? All forests and grasslands managed by the USDA Forest Service are required to have what is called a Land Management Plan. That’s […]

Let’s Talk Turkey!

By Michelle Werts I have a confession to make: prior to this moment, I had never contemplated the history of the turkey. Shocking, I know! But, oh, have I learned a myriad of fascinating, charming and downright alarming things about Thanksgiving’s signature bird. Wild turkeys are native to North America. Take that, Australia, and your […]

The Not-So-Arctic Tundra

By Katrina Marland If I say the words “Arctic tundra,” what comes to mind? Winds whipping across a cold and barren plain? Though tundra is cold, it’s also home to a number of unique species of flora and fauna specially adapted to its harsh conditions. It only appears barren because of its lack of trees […]

A Matter of Management

By Luo Yang, Guest Blogger Forest management in China is very different from the U.S. in many aspects, including forest ownership structure, policies and regulations, and taxes. Personally, I think there are two key differences. One is the managing organization structure. In China, every province has a forest department or bureau, which is responsible for […]