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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)



Stopping Deforestation, Helping Business


by John-Miguel Dalbey
Deforestation from an Indonesian palm oil plantationA recent interview published in E&E News suggests that practices which prevent deforestation may actually be good for business. Unilever, an international umbrella corporation headquartered in London, recently joined the 2013 Commitment to Development "Ideas in Action." CEO Paul Polman, in the same E&E News interview from February 12, argues that such sustainable practices are in fact beneficial for both the environment and the economy, a... (Read More)



The Importance of Core Forests


by John-Miguel Dalbey
A series of dune habitats in Indiana have been fragmented by roadwaysA bill has been introduced in the Pennsylvania House which would make it easier for industries such as gas to drill and develop in forests that could possibly be home to endangered plants or animals or other sensitive species. The ecological significance of “core forests” — forests surrounded by other forests — cannot be overstated. Compared to “fringe” forests or habitats —those surrounded by human development such as towns or r... (Read More)



The Fruit of Insects’ Labor


by John-Miguel Dalbey
Orchard mason bee on an apple blossom The recent crisis of “colony collapse,” in which bee colonies have been dying off due to disease, pesticides and other man-made causes, has already begun to have detrimental effects on both fruit farmers and the pollination of natural tree species. It is possible to artificially pollinate both wild and farmed trees, or allow for wind or birds to do so; however, a recent study published in Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment  shows... (Read More)



The Mystery of Utah’s Eagle Deaths


by Susan Laszewski
Bald eagle in Utah The national symbol of the United States: a bird with a six to seven-foot wingspan and the largest nest of any bird in North America. The bald eagle’s majesty has inspired people for generations. American Forests has worked with the Forest Service since 2007 to restore habitat for bald eagles in several Midwest national forests and we’ve seen efforts there paying off. Fledglings have been observed in Superior National Forest every year... (Read More)


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