Category Archive: Magazine

Forest Digest — Week of October 13

Check out this week’s Forest Digest: “Did Deforestation Pave the Way for Ebola Outbreak?” — Discovery News The three West African countries hit hardest by the recent Ebola epidemic — Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone — have each experienced massive deforestation, following a pattern since the 1990s in which outbreaks of the virus have closely […]

The first ‘best idea’

It was America’s original “best idea.” Yellowstone National Park was America’s — and the world’s — first national park, established in 1872. It’s a land of abundant wildlife and geothermal wonders. And it’s the destination of American Forests’ third Forestscape. In February 2015, we’ll be taking a getaway to see this iconic landscape in all […]

Forest Digest — Week of October 6

Check out this week’s Forest Digest: “California drought: Team climbs high to assess redwoods threat” — San Francisco Chronicle Scientists study how this year’s record-setting drought in California has affected the state’s storied redwood forests. “Experts: Thinning Forests Could Help Increase Ground Water Supply” — CBS Sacramento An experiment is underway in the Sierra Nevada […]

Forest pests: Where is the threat?

By Faith Campbell, Emeritus environmental advocate and tree-pest expert As I said in my previous blog, many damaging pests enter the United States by hiding inside wood packaging material (WPM) such as crates and pallets. What types of imports pose the greatest risk of carrying unwanted insect pests in crates and pallets? Heavy items, such […]

Forest Digest — Week of September 29

From invasive pests to the deforestation of mangrove ecosystems, this week’s Forest Digest has some interesting forestry stories from around the world. And last, but not least, check out USA Today’s list of the 10 best American forests to visit this fall: “Once Considered Won, Battle Against Invasive Beetles Is Renewed “ — The New […]

From businessman to folk legend: Johnny Appleseed

Johnny Appleseed may have been a folk hero who wandered the frontier in his burlap sack and tin pot hat, scattering apple seeds to the wind, but John Chapman — the real life figure upon whom that legend is based — was actually an astute businessman who planted nurseries in strategic locations. He was born […]

Forest Digest — Week of September 22

If you didn’t catch it, an op-ed in The New York Times questioned the role of forests in our climate change solution. See what we said in response. Meanwhile, world leaders, global companies and concerned citizens gathered this week in New York at the U.N.’s Climate Summer. Read about what transpired and other forest stories […]

Forests are a vital part of the climate solution

Last week, the New York Times ran an op-ed by Dr. Nadine Unger. Provocatively titled “To Save the Planet, Don’t Plant Trees,” the column draws on one area of preliminary research from the vast realm of climate change research and asserts broad conclusions about the contributions of forests to climate change, which are likely to […]

Shipping containers: Importing insect pests, too

By Faith Campbell, Emeritus environmental advocate and tree-pest expert Several of the most damaging tree-killing insects came to America as larvae riding in crates, pallets, or other forms of wood packaging material (WPM). These include the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), emerald ash borer, and redbay ambrosia beetle. All entered the country since trade opened with […]

Forest Digest — Week of September 15

The impacts of climate change are being felt in forests across the world. Read about new climate-change-related studies and other forestry news in this week’s Forest Digest: “Climate Change Is Making Trees Grow Rapidly” — Discovery News Scientists from Germany’s Technische Universität München have found that the two dominant European tree species — European beech […]