Global ReLeaf Posts on LooseLeaf Blog



Revitalizing Los Angeles’ Backyard


by Loose Leaf Team
Volunteers doing restoration work in Angeles National ForestBy Michelle Werts For many Americans, spending time in a forest is a time-honored getaway: 42.5 million Americans or 15 percent of the U.S. population older than age six went camping in 2011. 67 percent of those campers camped in public campgrounds, like those of local, state and national parks and forests. Courtesy of the 2012 American Camper Report. Sometimes, though, our favorite getaway sites get caught in the path of forces ... (Read More)



One Generation’s Trash, Another’s Treasure


by Susan Laszewski
City trees in Samara, Russia Through our multi-year Partnership for Trees collaboration with Alcoa Foundation, hundreds of thousands of trees are being planted on damaged and degraded sites throughout the world, but one project in particular represents the epitome of “degraded”: a garbage dump. In Samara, Russia, American Forests and Alcoa employees are working with the Training Center for Ecology and Safety on Trees in the City — planting 180 trees in the city’s... (Read More)



Helping Our Backyard Birds


by Loose Leaf Team
blue jayBy Tacy Lambiase The 2013 Great Backyard Bird Count has begun! For 16 years, expert and amateur bird watchers have recorded which species of birds are residing in their neighborhoods during this unique four-day event. And from now until Monday, February 18, you can get involved and try your hand at bird watching, too. Wildlife observation can not only be fun, but it also helps to keep track of migration patterns and population sizes of va... (Read More)



Tigers’ Welcome Return


by Loose Leaf Team
Amur tigerBy Michelle Werts For years, one of my holiday gifts to my wildlife-loving brother has been a wall calendar featuring gorgeous photography of wolves, polar bears or anything else that really pops that year. This year’s calendar was “Wild Cats,” featuring the biggest and baddest felines around. I bought it with a little bit of a heavy heart, though, knowing that wild cat populations around the world are severely threatened. Little d... (Read More)



ReLeaf Close to Home


by Susan Laszewski
American Forests volunteer helps Arlington County employee with tree-planting.By working with partners far and wide, American Forests is able to fund restoration projects from Maine to Hawaii, and even in places as far from our Washington, D.C. offices as Kenya. But some projects are a bit closer to home. Yesterday, Jesse Buff and Megan Higgs, our director and manager of forest restoration programs, took some time off from preparing the 2013 Global ReLeaf projects to visit a 2012 project that’s just a hop, skip and a ... (Read More)


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