Category Archive: Magazine

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 […]

Tree-killing pests: Who? Where? How?

By Faith Campbell, Emeritus environmental advocate and tree-pest expert Nearly 500 non-native insects and disease-causing pathogens have been introduced to the United States in the 400 years since European settlement began. Here are some examples: Chestnut blight has virtually eliminated mature American chestnuts across the species’ range, which is most of the eastern deciduous forest. […]

Forest Digest — Week of September 8

Another week and another Forest Digest. See what’s happening in the world of trees: “Climate change accelerating death of Western forests” — USA Today A study by the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization shows that drought, insect pests and wildfire — forest threats exacerbated by climate change — are killing […]

Forest Digest — Week of September 1

Another week and another Forest Digest. See what’s happening in the world of trees: “New Analysis Finds Over 100 Million Hectares of Intact Forest Area Degraded Since 2000” — World Resources Institute More than 104 million hectares — an area three times the size of Germany — of the world’s largest remaining forests experienced rapid […]

How large does the blue spruce grow?

By Robert T. Leverett, Native Tree Society How tall do blue spruces grow? Ornamental yard trees often reach 60 to 80 feet and 1.5 to three feet in diameter. Ostensibly reliable internet sources vary greatly on listed maximum heights. Some say more than 100 feet. Others cap the species off at 80, while one source […]

Introducing tree-pest expert Faith Campbell

Homepage photo credit: Kyle Ramirez Faith Campbell knows a thing or two about trees and the insects that threaten them. She brings years of experience, including her most recent post at The Nature Conservancy, to Loose Leaf as one of our new guest bloggers. Before diving into the interesting and sometimes volatile relationship between trees, […]