Category Archive: Blog

Forest Digest – Week of July 6, 2015

Another week full of research and legislation, it’s your forest digest! House Passes Bill to Hasten Timber Projects in Forests – ABC news A bill aimed at increasing the health of America’s national forests through expediting logging projects was passed in the House on Thursday, though it is expected to meet some resistance from the […]

The Mountain Pine Beetle’s March across Canada

David May, Communications Intern Part 1 of the 3-part series Insects and Our Forests. Read part 2 here and part 3 here. Since the ‘90s, the scenic views of North America’s lushest western forests have become more and more splattered with a palette of rust and dark grey. Once only patches amongst the vast swathes of evergreen, entire […]

GR25: Remembering 9/11 with Trees in Memorial

Presenting the 25 Years of Global ReLeaf series has offered American Forests’ staff an opportunity to look back through our more than 1,000 projects. This reflection has helped us understand what our predecessors worked on throughout our history and learn about our myriad of partners and the ecosystems of the globe we prioritized. For our […]

A Special Hello from Your New Loose Leaf Managing Editor

Hello! Here at Loose Leaf, we like to take a moment to introduce all of our readers to new staff members who join the American Forests team. Well, it looks like it is my turn! I’m Ashlan Bonnell, and as the new Managing Editor for Loose Leaf, you’re going to be hearing from me on […]

Power of A Gold: Community ReLeaf Program Earns Top ASAE Honor

We are proud to announce that American Forests’ Community ReLeaf program has earned a 2015 ASAE Power of A Gold award. The gold award, ASAE’s highest honor, showcases organizations that have made local, national, and/or global contributions toward enriching lives, driving innovation, and making the world a better place. According to Ian Leahy, Director of […]

Forest Digest – Week of June 22, 2015

See Australia’s plans for Urban Forests and stay informed on California’s wildfires in this week’s Forest Digest! Urban forest creation guide unveiled in Melbourne in bid to increase Australia’s green spaces – CBS Australia Melbourne’s city council released a guide to urban forestry in Australia as part of a Victorian government-backed campaign to increase green spaces in […]

GR25: New Jersey in 2003

2015 is indeed a year of many anniversaries — American Forests’ own 140th anniversary, and, as we all know by now, the 25th year of Global ReLeaf. In addition, the site of the next leg of our journey through the past is celebrating an anniversary of its own this year: the 110th birthday of New […]

Environmental justice for the underserved

By Deanne Buckman, Policy Intern This is part 2 of a two-part series. Catch up here! Criminological theories help us to understand why urban forests may be able to reduce crime rates. By attracting people to public outdoor areas, urban green spaces create more opportunities for community members to interact with one another, which leads […]

Take in your closest forest in Great Outdoors Month

By Conrad Kabbaz, Policy Intern “Beauty is not an easy thing to measure. It does not show up in the gross national product, in a weekly paycheck, or in profit and loss statements. But these things are not ends in themselves. They are a road to satisfaction and pleasure and the good life. Beauty makes […]

Forest Digest — Week of June 15, 2015

Your latest Forest Digest, with everything from wildfires to woodpeckers! West Coast Flies to the Rescue of East Coast Hemlock Forests — Entomology Today A team of scientists hopes to combat the insect blight of the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid plaguing the hemlock forests of Appalachia by introducing a fly native to Washington state, with initial […]