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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)




A Burning Alaska


by Scott Maxham
Cloudy Alaskan wilderness

Since it seems the media only highlights the forest fires that take place in the lower 48 states, many people would be surprised to know that millions of acres of forestland is burned in Alaska each year. Yes, you read correctly, Alaska. The National Interagency Fire Center reports that Alaskan fires have burned 1,043,908 acres so far this year. In comparison, this is 10 times the amount of acres that have burned in California this year. I... (Read More)




Defenders of the Coasts


by Susan Laszewski
Loxahatchee Slough in Palm Beach County, Florida

There is a silent army out there protecting our coasts from invasion — a second Coast Guard, if you will. This army has protected us not from war, but from hurricanes, floods and other catastrophes.

And that’s just the risk that today’s storms would bring without coastal buffers. The researchers also modeled several scenarios of rising sea levels expected in the coming century. They found that by 2100, as many as 2.1 million p... (Read More)


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