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Showing Support for Clean Water


by Susan Laszewski
Stormwater flows onto a street

From basement backups to beach closures, polluted runoff can have big costs for communities.

In 2011, polluted runoff caused 47 percent of beach closing and advisory days. A study of 28 popular, yet polluted, beaches in Southern California calculated that swimmers suffered an estimated 1.5 million gastrointestinal illnesses, resulting in an economic loss of between $21 million and $51 million every year.

When it rains in citi... (Read More)




From Fire to Flooding


by American Forests
Smoke plume for the Waldo Canyon Fire

By Michelle Werts

Sometimes, certain regions of the country just can’t catch a break.

Last year, the Colorado Springs area was devastated by the Waldo Canyon Fire, which was the most destructive fire in Colorado’s history until this year’s Black Forest Fire. The Waldo Canyon Fire destroyed more than 300 homes; a year later, approximately 200 of those homes are either already or in the process of being... (Read More)




More Than a Forest


by American Forests
Cabinet Mountains from Bull River Road, Kootenai National Forest

By Michelle Werts

It’s a land of Douglas-fir, lodgepole pine, mountain hemlock, western redcedar, black cottonwood, quaking aspen and more. It’s 2.2 million acres of mountains, river valleys, hills, lakes and forest. Today, Kootenai National Forest celebrates its 107th anniversary of being part of the National Forest System — and we celebrate years of partnership with it.

Located along the border of n... (Read More)




Run, Salmon, Run


by American Forests
Standardized Precipitation Index map - Loose Leaf July 2013

By Michelle Werts

It’s farmer vs. fisherman in California.

The battleground is the Klamath River and at stake are the abundant agricultural fields of California’s Central Valley and the lives of thousands upon thousands of endangered Chinook salmon. No pressure.

The instigator of this conflict is ages old and drought is its name. As you can see from the standardized precipitation index map from the Nat... (Read More)




At Home in the Trees


by American Forests
Kirtland’s warbler

By Michelle Werts

Everyone knows that birds and trees have a special relationship. For birds, trees provide shelter and food, and for many trees, birds help them reproduce by distributing their seeds. But this relationship can’t be taken for granted, and to protect one, we must protect the other.

During my Michigan adventure last week, my colleagues and I visited Hiawatha National Forest, where American For... (Read More)


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