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Forest Digest — Week of September 22


by American Forests
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 Yie... (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 ... (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 myr... (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... (Read More)




Forest Digest — Week of September 8


by American Forests
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 Moun... (Read More)