Category Archive: Global ReLeaf

How Urban Forests Can Help Mitigate ADHD Symptoms

By Conrad Kabbaz, Policy Intern It is widely known that urban forests improve air quality, but could green spaces be the solution to one of the most common childhood disorders? Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, affects 10 percent of American children. Symptoms include difficulty focusing, high impulsivity, and restlessness, all of which can negatively impact academic […]

Forest Digest – Week of August 3, 2015

Here’s the past week of all things forest, it’s your Forest Digest. EPA releases Clean Power Plan, uncertainty for biomass remains – Biomass Magazine In the recent legislation released by the EPA, the use of biomass for energy is regarded favorably; however, regulations for it are vague. More detailed rules are hoped to follow. US […]

GR25: Giving Back to Celebrated Stewards of the Earth in 2000

During the turn of the millennium, a lot of uncertainty abounded across America.  Many of us can remember holding our breath the evening of December 31, 1999 in anticipation of the notorious Y2K computer bug – a catastrophe that would result if early computers could not recognize the “00” of the year “2000,” resulting in […]

It’s a Bug-Eat-Bug World

David May, Communications Intern Part 3 of the 3-part series Insects and Our Forests. Read part 1 here and part 2 here. It’s an incredible time to be alive. With a credit card and an internet connection, you can have just about anything from just about anywhere shipped to your doorstep, most of the time in […]

Forest Digest – Week of July 27, 2015

The latest on all things forest, it’s this week’s forest digest. Alarm over ‘timber grab’ from Cambodia’s protected forests – BBC Illegal deforestation has plagued Cambodia during recent years as legal permits have been exploited by corporations to clear old growth forests. Can we save forests and produce palm oil? Scientists seek answer – Reuters […]

Request for Proposals to Select Three New Community ReLeaf Cities

American Forests has recently released a request for proposals to select at least three new cities or metropolitan areas to participate in its award-winning Community ReLeaf program. Community ReLeaf launched in 2013 to provide a suite of technical and financial resources, all told averaging $100,000 in the initial phase. With primary support from the U.S. […]

Forest Digest – Week of July 20, 2015

Keeping a pulse on forest news around the world, it’s your weekly Forest Digest. Fire surprise: Insect-killed forests no more likely to burn – KTVZ Another in a string of studies provides evidence that prior insect activity doesn’t affect wildfires, as was widely believed. The analysis covers 30 years of wildfire in Oregon and Washington […]

American Forests Policy Interns Reflect on Hill Day Experience

Policy Interns, Sarah Davidson and Conrad Kabbaz, participated in the Hill Day for the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act. Here are their views on the day. It’s quite rare that National Rifle Association and the Sierra Club agree on an issue. Yet, both have joined American Forests, and over 250 other organizations representing a wide variety […]

GR25: Reforesting for Turkeys in 2001

As our journey continues, 2001 marks widespread reforestation utilized for an unlikely hero, a bird most associated with its ubiquitous fall staples (did we mention we’re done with the summer humidity?): the wild turkey. Though mistakenly named for the country Turkey by domesticated imports to Britain, the wild turkey is as American as a bird […]

Forest Digest – Week of July 13, 2015

Stay in the know on our changing world with this week’s Forest Digest: Losing green cover: India lost original forests 70 times Delhi’s area in 14 years – First Post According to a recent report, between 1999 and 2013, India lost 15 percent of its total green cover, a total of 10.6 million hectares. Forests play a […]