Category Archive: Blog

GR 25: “Digging it” in 2008

While 2008 was marked as a year of uncertainty in our nation’s capital thanks in large part to the Great Recession, one thing was certain — the environment can’t always wait, and there was plenty of restoration work to be done! In 2008, American Forests partnered with Timberland to plant 331 urban trees at the […]

The acorn experiment

By Lea Sloan, Vice President of Communications When was the last time you really looked at an acorn? For me, before last fall, it had been a very long time. And when I did, I noticed that acorns really are tiny time capsules for what could become the biggest trees in a yard or park […]

Forest Digest — Week of April 6, 2015

Don’t let the rain get you down. Use the latest Forest Digest to perk right back up! How do you plant 1 billion trees a year? With drones, of course — treehugger BioCarbon Engineering, a UK company, has come up with a tech-savvy way of combating deforestation. The company uses drones to first map potential […]

Five years later, new report outlines successes and
challenges of CFLR program

Deanne Buckman, Policy Intern I think it is safe to say that, to some degree, all Americans utilize the invaluable resource that is the forest. Forests impact many aspects of life including filtering the water we drink, absorbing carbon emissions that would otherwise contribute to global warming, and providing space for a variety of other […]

Forest Digest — Week of March 30, 2015

Kick off the Holiday Weekend in style with the latest Forest Digest! Deforestation is messing with our weather and our food- — Deforestation is often used to make way for agricultural fields, and while this is known to have an impact on global food production, researchers have found new evidence that this effect is […]

GR25: Reforesting America’s Last Frontier

Welcome back, time travelers! In honor of the ever-anticipated spring season before us, we’re heading on a journey to a place that reminds us that, in reality, it could always be colder — like Chiniak, Alaska, for example! While the United States was reeling economically from The Great Recession in 2009, forestry work and environmental […]

Home sweet home: sugar pine restoration in Tahoe

By Sydney Mucha, Communications Intern Tahoe National Forest is home to one of California’s most complex and diverse ecosystems. The forest encompasses snow-capped mountains, winding rivers and densely packed tree stands, enough to make anyone stand in awe of the area’s beauty. The forest is especially known for its massive stands of sugar pine, which […]

Forest Digest — Week of March 23, 2015

Nothing better than curling up with some reading on a rainy day. So why not read the latest Forest Digest today! The Fate of Trees: How Climate Change May Alter Forests — Rolling Stone According to Dr. Park Williams of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, southwest confers, such Douglas-fir, piñon pine and ponderosa pine, are […]

Striving to decrease nature deficit for children in urban areas

Without a doubt, the part of urban forestry that intrigues me the most is environmental psychology – the study of how natural features impact our behavior. In both obvious and subtle ways, a growing body of research over the past couple decades has emerged that hints at just how deep this connection goes, particularly on […]

Forest Digest — Week of March 16, 2015

Happy first day of spring! Why not celebrate with the latest issue of Forest Digest! The Quiet Plan to Sell Off America’s National Forests — ThinkProgress This week, a proposal to seize and sell America’s national forests and public lands made its way into the U.S. House. This plan will suggest that public lands be […]