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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.

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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)

Timber Takes a Hit

by American Forests
A forest road in Siberia

By Marcelene Sutter

Beyond rampant corruption and organized crime, illegal logging carries with it another serious threat: The oak and walnut trees targeted by illegal loggers for their value in flooring and furniture are the same species that make up the forest habitats of the endangered Siberian tiger. The deer and wild boar that make up much of the tiger’s diet feed on walnuts from these trees. Only about 450... (Read More)

The Serious Business of Leaf Peeping

by American Forests
Fall foliage in different stages of the color change cycle in Wilmington, Vermont.

By Marcelene Sutter

At some point in your life, someone has probably informed you that money does not grow on trees, and while this oft-stated truism does make a lot of sense, Megan Smith, Vermont’s commissioner of Tourism and Marketing, heartily disagrees. “I’d like to say that money falls from trees at this time of year,” Smith stated last week in an interview with NPR. What she is referring to is the lu... (Read More)

Divided and Disappearing

by Susan Laszewski
Chiew Larn resevoir in Thailand

It’s well known that when habitat becomes fragmented, wildlife suffers. But now, a study more than two decades in the making has published its findings in Science demonstrating just how rapidly mammals species disappear in fragmented patches of forest.

The study found that mammal species whose habitat becomes fragmented can disappear in as little as 25 years.

Last year, biologist Dr. Luke Gibson of the National University ... (Read More)

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