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Monarchs on the Mind

by Susan Laszewski
Monarch on milkweed

So, when I saw Jim Robbins’ recent New York Times article, The Year the Monarch Didn’t Appear, I had mixed feelings. The news the article brought was not good: As of mid-November, only 3 million monarchs had arrived on the scene of their winter habitat in Mexico. Last year, it was 60 million — and even that was low.

On the other hand, it’s good to know that people are paying attention to this problem. Monarch butterflies... (Read More)

History of the Longleaf Pine

by American Forests
Red-cockaded woodpecker.

By Lisa Swann

When settlers first came to what is now the southeastern U.S., they were greeted by vast pine forests — the southern longleaf pine. They noticed its spirituality, its majesty, its wildlife and its old growth trees often leaning to one side with weight.

Naturalist John Muir spent time there observing these great forests:

“In ‘pine barrens’ most of the day.  Low, level, sandy tra... (Read More)

Good News for the Bay

by Susan Laszewski
Chesapeake Bay.

In the 23 years since amendments to the Clean Air Act imposed regulations on emissions of nitrogen oxide from power plants, nitrogen deposits in nine Chesapeake Bay area watersheds have declined 34 percent, according to a new study from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, published last month in Environmental Science and Technology. The study’s lead author, Dr. Keith N. Eshleman, tells the Baltimore Sun that the ... (Read More)

105 Years of Zion National Park

by American Forests
Zion National Park

By Lisa Swann

Zion National Park in southwestern Utah is celebrating its 105th anniversary tomorrow, and there is a lot to celebrate! With deep, sandstone canyons, pinyon-juniper and conifer woodlands, hanging gardens and waterfalls, the park is a delight to visitors. Some 207 types of birds can be found in the park. This rich tapestry of habitats and species make it one of the most visited sites in Utah.

T... (Read More)

Trouble for English Forests

by American Forests
brown hairstreak

By Lisa Swann

If you’re a fan of “Downton Abbey” or “Monarch of the Glen,” then you know the importance of Great Britain’s forests. Useful not only to aristocratic landholders for income and fine hunting land, forests also provide beauty and health benefits and fight climate change for all.

With forest land cover at only 10 percent in England (one of the smallest percentages of forest in Europe), ... (Read More)

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