Forest Files December 2012
IN THIS ISSUE
From New Year’s resolutions to the November release of our Urban Forests Case Studies publication, it has been an eventful year for American Forests! Not only have our existing programs such as Global ReLeaf and the National Register of Big Trees expanded, but there have been major developments in conservation and environmental studies.
Looking Out for Owls
The northern spotted owl is disappearing at a rate of nearly three percent every year. American Forests has been active in supporting this species’ California habitat, and we are backing a new rule drafted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to further protect the species. This new rule would designate 9.6 million acres for the bird and other wildlife. The goal is to “strike a balance that both wildlife habitat conservationists and loggers can agree on.”
Saving a Species
Whitebark pines are extremely important to the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. But the species is suffering as a large percentage of these trees face threats such as white pine blister rust and mountain pine beetles. American Forests and other forestry professionals are working to find a solution and bring whitebark pines back to Yellowstone.
A Tale of Twelve Cities
Our Urban Forests Case Studies publication was officially released last month. After a year’s work of research and interviews, the result is 12 detailed profiles of cities and their unique approaches to urban forestry. From D.C. to Austin to Seattle, the case studies represent diverse challenges, strategies and success stories from across the country.
STANDING TALL: Sheri’s Big Tree Highlights of 2012
From tiny titans and mega-trees to everything in between, every national champion has a story in how it was discovered, crowned and dethroned. Sheri Shannon, American Forests’ own “big tree lady” shares her highlights of the National Big Tree Program for 2012.
“As the coordinator for the National Big Tree Program, I get to watch the competition between states unfold throughout the year. Yes, the National Register of Big Trees is a friendly competition to find the biggest of each tree species in the country, but for me, the journey to crown and dethrone champions has become a sporting event.”
~Sheri Shannon, National Big Tree Program coordinator