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Forest Digest — Week of October 6


by Loose Leaf Team
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 mountain range to see if dense forestland — somethin... (Read More)



Forest Digest — Week of September 22


by Loose Leaf Team
The whitebark pine faces an uphill battle for survival, but American Forests and our partners are working to keep this keystone species intact.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 in this week's Forest Digest: "UN Climate Change Summit Yields Major Announcements on Deforestation" — VICE News ... (Read More)



Tree-killing pests: Who? Where? How?


by Loose Leaf Contributor
A map showing an area of the Northeast affected by hemlock woolly adelgid.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. European gypsy moth periodically causes severe d... (Read More)



Forest Digest — Week of September 8


by Loose Leaf Team
American Forests is working to protect high-elevation forests in the Rocky Mountain range through our Endangered Western Forests initiative.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 off millions of acres of the Rocky Mountain range's pine and aspen forests. "Str... (Read More)



Forest Digest — Week of September 1


by Loose Leaf Team
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 degradation from 2000 to 2013. **Check out the actual data compiled by researchers from the Unive... (Read More)