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Water supply and the whitebark pine


by Christopher Horn
American Forests helped leverage National Park Service (NPS) funding in the Greater Yellowstone Area (GYA) to estimate the Available Water Supply (AWS) for the 176 long-term whitebark pine monitoring sites. NPS personnel had previously started gathering data in 2013, but limited funding paused the project. Many people — including project lead David Thoma, an hydrologist with the National Park Service — were enlisted by American Forests to ... (Read More)



Forest Digest — Week of August 25


by Loose Leaf Team
American Forests reforested a former mining site in southeast Ohio, marking the first project of its kind in our Global ReLeaf program.Summer is winding down, but our Forest Digest is still going strong. Check out this week's news in trees: “Brazil Could Save Its Atlantic Forests for Just $200 Million a Year” — Newsweek Less than 15 percent of the original Atlantic Forest, which surrounds some of Brazil's largest cities, remains. But scientists have calculated that the Brazilian government could pay the area’s farmers $198 million a year to protect their own ... (Read More)



Forest Digest — Week of July 7


by Loose Leaf Team
Forest protection elements in American Forests' 2014 Honduras reforestation project include holistic pest control, awareness building activities to discourage illegal logging and sustainable crop management.TGIFF — Thank God It's Forest Friday! Start your weekend off with our Forest Digest. Here is this week's news in trees: “Amazon rainforest once looked more like savannas of Africa than a jungle” — Mother Nature Network Once upon a time, man-made trenches spread across Bolivia and Brazil. From these ditches grew the Amazon rainforest. What this indicates today is that humans have been altering the environment for thousands of years.... (Read More)



A Rainbow of Global ReLeaf Projects for 2014


by Susan Laszewski
Golden lion tamarins. In its 24th year, American Forests Global ReLeaf is adding 33 new and continuing projects to the list of ways we’re helping forests around the world. And let me tell you, these projects are as diverse as the rainbow! Whether you call them red, orange or yellow, golden lion tamarins are facing a plight that has American Forests Global ReLeaf heading back to Brazil for the first time in 11 years. Brazil’s Atlantic forest is the only plac... (Read More)



Fewer Beetles May Not Mean Fewer Concerns


by Susan Laszewski
These brown trees in Rocky Mountain National Park are casualties of the mountain pine beetle epidemic Once the numbers came in from the U.S. Forest Service’s annual aerial survey last month, people started to feel hopeful: The mountain pine beetle was declining in Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota. In fact, the beetle infected fewer acres in Colorado in 2013 than in any year since 1998. Through our Endangered Western Forests initiative, American Forests has been working to stem the tide of the mountain pine beetle. This native beetle ha... (Read More)