EWF Blog



The ghost trees


by Susan Laszewski
Ghost trees — “skeletons” of whitebark pineGhosts! They seem to be everywhere this time of year. Not just in the haunted houses and twilit graveyards you would expect, but in the stores, the neighbor’s yard and even at the door asking for candy! Well, ghosts can be found in forests too. Deep in the coldest, highest elevations of the northern Rocky Mountains, where the merciless alpine winds cause trees to grow twisted and gnarled in what are called “krummholz forests,” live the g... (Read More)



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)



Direct seeding in the GYA


by Loose Leaf Contributor
Whitebark pine seeds.By Amy Gannon, Entomologist, Montana DNRC Forestry Division Whitebark pine in the Greater Yellowstone Area (GYA) has been severely impacted by both white pine blister rust and mountain pine beetle in recent years. The Yellowstone Club is a private ski area situated in the GYA and the forested property has had substantial mortality in whitebark pine. Luke Stratford, the mountain manager, has been actively engaged in stewardship since the on... (Read More)



Up-close with Yellowstone’s whitebark pine


by Christopher Horn
Brad Bauer knows a thing or two about his backyard. Bauer lives in Montana and works at Montana State University’s Gallatin County Extension, where he directs the Natural Resource Program and assists the communities and individuals in Gallatin, Meagher, and Park Counties in Montana in understanding natural resources. Bauer is helping American Forests and National Park Service staff to raise awareness in the parks by coordinating a myriad of ... (Read More)