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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 Moun... (Read More)



Whitebark pine: Strategy in the Greater Yellowstone Area


by Christopher Horn

Whitebark pine ecosystems face pest, disease and climatic threats that have — and could further — wreak havoc on stands of this keystone species. Fortunately for the trees, and the plants and wildlife that rely on them to survive, American Forests and our partners in the Greater Yellowstone Area are working towards solutions that can save the species.

One of those partners is Nancy Bockino, who is leading an effort with the Greater ... (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 ... (Read More)



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 Fore... (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... (Read More)