Category Archive: Global ReLeaf

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 […]

Fires Beware: The Oceans Have Your Number

By Michelle Werts Wildfires can be devastating. For people. For businesses. For the environment. And what’s worse is their unpredictable nature, popping up wherever, whenever they please. If only we could figure out a way to anticipate their next move. Well, turns out some scientists from the University of California, Irvine, think they can. Or […]

Call of the Wild – Protecting Alaska’s Wilderness

I don’t know much about Alaska other than what I’ve learned in school or seen online. I still have this picture in my mind of a pristine landscape, untouched by humans and preserved in a layer of glistening snow. In reality, there’s a lot more going on in Alaska. The 19-million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge […]

Made In America

By Katrina Marland Have you ever been to Yellowstone? Gettysburg? How about the Grand Canyon? We know these places so well that we rarely even use their full names. It makes it easy to forget what they all have in common: they are part of the national park system. The National Park Service oversees 84 […]

Hit the Green Slopes Next Summer

By Michelle Werts Raise your hand if you love mountain biking, zip lining or basically any form of forest-based recreation. Guess what — for once both sides of Congress agree that they love forest recreation, too, and are using that love to create jobs and stimulate local economies. Last week, President Obama signed the bipartisan […]

The First Cut Is Unexpected

By Luo Yang, Guest Blogger Last week, I mentioned we did four months of classroom work when we arrived in the U.S. We conducted our classroom training in New York, living on Long Island. There are many oak trees in that area, and the house where we were staying had a large backyard, where I […]

Don’t Take a Deep Breath

By Katrina Marland I’m going to let you in on a secret: air pollution is bad for you. Okay, so it isn’t much of a secret at all, but it also isn’t something people often think about. Short of Los Angeles-type clouds of smog, it isn’t something that the average person can always see — […]

Exploring the Everglades

What do alligators and pine trees have in common? They’re both found in the Everglades ecosystem, along with hundreds of other plant and animal species. In fact, this ecosystem has one of the highest concentrations of threatened or endangered species in the country. Although the Everglades is known for its natural beauty and abundance of […]