EWF Blog



A Cautionary Tale of Birds and Their Trees


by Loose Leaf Team
The Toco toucan (Ramphastos toco) is found throughout central and eastern South America.By Michelle Werts Which came first the bird or the tree? Well, I can’t really answer that question exactly without getting into a lot of complicated — and potentially controversial — details, but I can tell you that the two are intimately connected in ecosystems around the world. A study published on Friday in Science reveals that large-billed bird populations, specifically the colorful toucan, have severely declined in Brazil... (Read More)



Endangered, But Protected


by Loose Leaf Team
The endangered woodland caribouBy Michelle Werts Today is the eighth annual Endangered Species Day! In December 1973, President Nixon signed into law the Endangered Species Act, which charged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with protecting not only the listed species, but “the ecosystems upon which they depend.” And for the last 40 years, the agencies have been developing and implementing wildlife protection a... (Read More)



The Warmth of Snow


by Loose Leaf Team
Washington forestBy Michelle Werts A week ago, many parts of the country experienced an uncharacteristic sight for May Day: snow. A lot of it. And while one’s first instinct might be to bemoan the cold, wet stuff at a time when spring should be in the air, with our changing climate, we may want to appreciate snow while we can, as we might be yearning for more of it in the future. Snow and ice play a crucial role in healthy ecosystems — and our own h... (Read More)



Wanted: Wildfire


by Loose Leaf Team
Black-backed woodpeckerBy Michelle Werts Wildfires are one of the most prolific forces affecting our nation’s forests. They are often intense and unpredictable — and are only likely to become more so in the coming decades thanks to climate change. They threaten homes and communities, which is why American Forests supports projects like the U.S. Forest Service’s Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration program, designed to reduce wildfire risk in local comm... (Read More)



The First National Forest


by Loose Leaf Team
John Aston WarderBy Michelle Werts Most people know that Yellowstone was America’s first national park, established back in 1872, but less well-known is the fact that Yellowstone also claims the status as our first national forest, established on March 30, 1891. There’s a national forest named Yellowstone? Not anymore … but let’s start at the beginning. For much of the 19th century, America had more land than it knew what to do with. This led to... (Read More)