Forestbytes December 2011
IN THIS ISSUE
Oh, What a (365) Nights!
As 2011 comes to a close, we’re taking a moment to look back at the good, the bad and the unusual from the International Year of Forests. From reports on climate change to the protection of wildlife and their habitats to the loss of renowned environmentalists, 2011 was a year of incredible moments for our forests.
O Christmas Tree!
Earlier this month, President Obama and family lit the National Christmas Tree. Did you know that more than 80 years ago, American Forests was instrumental in making sure this tree was a live tree that would grace the Ellipse year round? Our CEO, Scott Steen, reveals this history and some facts about real Christmas trees in his December Loose Leaf blog entry.
The Tales Tree Rings Tell
As children, we learn that tree rings tell us how old that tree is, but what many of us fail to realize is that they can tell us so much more. When you know how to read them, they tell tales of events far ranging from the fall of the Roman Empire to the North Atlantic’s sea temperature more than 200 years ago. Maybe most surprising of all: their significance was uncovered by an astronomer!
How to Avoid a Holiday Shopping Headache
Still struggling to find a gift for a special person on your list? Looking to decrease your tax liability for 2011? You can accomplish these goals and contribute to a healthier planet by making a tax-deductible donation to American Forests this holiday season.
FOREST FILES: Tropical Trees Ahead
Who: Sheri Mann, a scuba-diving big tree coordinator
What: Come spring 2012, many of Hawaii’s exotic big trees will find their way onto the National Register of Big Trees for the first time.
Tree Tidbits: In the past, Hawaii has had national champion big trees — but they were invasive species. Now, the Aloha State is dedicated to recognizing the unique, tropical trees, like the Acacia koa, that are native and non-invasive to the islands.