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A Tale of Two Mountains: Part Two


by Loose Leaf Team
Newly planted trees along San Antonio Creek in the Jemez Mountains

By Michelle Werts

“Riparian areas are extremely important and, with long-term forecasts calling for drought and higher temperatures, they are some of the most at-risk landscapes in New Mexico,” says Ron Loehman, conservation chairman with New Mexico Trout, in People Restoring America’s Forests: 2012 Report on the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program.

Yesterday, I talked about the interse... (Read More)




Give a Peep for Birds


by Susan Laszewski
Peeps

Though the peep has earned the honor once before, in 2011, only the yellow peep was recognized. Now, scientists have determined pink, purple, and blue peeps to be separate species. “There simply isn’t any evidence that these forms interbreed,” says American Bird Conservancy senior scientist, David Wiedenfeld. “While they can often be found roosting in the same box, the fact is that nobody has ever seen an intermediate bird between ... (Read More)




The First National Forest


by Loose Leaf Team
John Aston Warder

By 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 ... (Read More)




Cooperation for Water


by Susan Laszewski
Green Mountain NF

Happy World Water Day, everyone,

First, let’s look at the way that forests — to anthropomorphize — “cooperate” with precipitation to provide clean drinking water for communities. Trees catch, filter and cleanse rain on its way toward the underground aquifers from which we get our drinking water. Forests also play the important role of maintaining snowpack at higher elevations so that melting and runoff occur more slowly. W... (Read More)




Dedicate Today to Celebrating Our Forests


by Loose Leaf Team
A view of the forests around El Bolsón, Argentina

By Tacy Lambiase

Here at American Forests, we celebrate the beauty and benefits of our Earth’s forests every day of the year. But thanks to the United Nations General Assembly, there is now an official holiday dedicated to trees around the globe.

On December 21, 2012, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring March 21 as the International Day of Forests and the Tree. According to the UN, “The... (Read More)


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