Category Archive: Blog


A Beetle’s Northward March

You have no doubt heard by now the story of the mountain pine beetle devastating hundreds of thousands of acres of forests in the western U.S. A similar tale is playing out in the mid-Atlantic, as the southern pine bark beetle has taken hold in the vast and dense New Jersey pinelands. About the size […]

Conservationist, Philosopher, Writer: Aldo Leopold

I’d like to take a moment to belatedly celebrate the anniversary of the birth of one of conservation’s most influential figures, Aldo Leopold, who would have turned 127 over the weekend. Leopold was a conservationist, forester and philosopher. He was also a father of five and raised his children with the same values of wildlife-friendly […]

Video Break: Grizzly Bears

It’s break time! Take a 60-second time-out to watch these adorable grizzly bears — and learn about the threat to their food supply and how you can help.

Snow and Ash

Unless you’ve had your head in the clouds, you know that much of the country is experiencing unusually cold temperatures. Minnesota recently experienced a sub-zero temperature plunge so severe that school was cancelled — a rare occurrence in a state that is no stranger to cold winters. One positive effect of this arctic blast is […]

The Mystery of Utah’s Eagle Deaths

The national symbol of the United States: a bird with a six to seven-foot wingspan and the largest nest of any bird in North America. The bald eagle’s majesty has inspired people for generations. American Forests has worked with the Forest Service since 2007 to restore habitat for bald eagles in several Midwest national forests […]

100 Years of an Iconic Park

Rocky Mountain National Park, established in 1915, will begin celebrating its 100th anniversary later this year, so it’s a perfect year to visit. The park was created to showcase the majesty of the Rocky Mountains, with nearly 250,000 acres of the park designated as a wilderness area. Within two hours of Denver, Colo., the park […]

Winter Sunrise

We just love this photograph by Charles Knowles of an inlet to Idaho’s Payette Lake at sunrise. We all have things to do and places to be, but don’t forget to stop and enjoy the winter. In the words of Robert Frost: Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the […]

Younger Trees Better Repel Mountain Pine Beetle

A new study from researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder shows that younger trees with smoother bark are better at repelling the mountain pine beetle. The epidemic pine beetle attack has spread across western states since 1996, affecting millions of acres of forest, including those in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Colorado doctoral student Scott […]

2013′s Top 13

Today, 2013 comes to an end. Many have said that 13 is an unlucky number, but 2013 hasn’t been all unlucky. After all, it was the year of our 45 millionth Global ReLeaf tree in the ground, a comeback for Siberian tigers, the launch of our Community ReLeaf program and good news for the Kirtland’s […]

Every Leaf a Miracle

Throughout December, we’ve enjoyed looking back at the year’s International Society of Arboriculture True Professionals — arborists who go above and beyond the call of duty to bring arboriculture to the community. Rounding out the list of 2013’s True Professionals is Edward Milhous, ISA Certified Arborist and Consultant and Owner of TreesPlease in Haymarket, Va. […]