Forestbytes October 2011
IN THIS ISSUE
Magnificent, Mysterious Migration Threatened
‘Tis the season for the monarch butterflies — known for their distinctive orange and black wings — to head south for the winter on their annual 2,500-mile southern migration. But each year this mysterious journey becomes more threatened because of climate change and illegal logging.
Trees Bear Fruit (and Nuts) This Fall
Fall is in the air, which for some means hiking, holidays, football, post-season baseball and changing foliage. For many orchards, though, fall means business with billions of pounds of produce and billions of dollars at stack.
Running on the Sun
Every other year for a shining few weeks, the National Mall in Washington, D.C., transforms into a village of solar-powered houses. Full-sized, solar-powered houses! It’s all part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathalon.
2012 Tree Planting Grants Now Available
Our 2012 Global ReLeaf application is now available! Do you work with or for an organization that has a 2012 restoration tree-planting project in need of funding? Then, head over to our website before the November 1 deadline to download the application materials for our cost-share grants.
FOREST FILES: Discovering Big Trees in Maryland
Who: Lifelong big tree-lover Joe Howard
What: Growing up near the famed, former champion Wye Oak, Joe has been hunting — and finding champion big trees — ever since.
Tree Tidbits: Talbot County, Maryland, where Joe grew up, once boasted six national champions and 23 state ones at the same time.