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Dedicate Today to Celebrating Our Forests

by Loose Leaf Team
A view of the forests around El Bolsón, ArgentinaBy 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 International Day of Forest... (Read More)

ReLeaf by the Numbers

by Loose Leaf Team
Sumatran orangutanBy Michelle Werts 1,888,012 trees across 5,038 acres (or 5,038 football fields if that helps you picture the size) in 25 forests in 14 states and 5 countries equals 1 healthier planet This afternoon, American Forests announced our 2013 Global ReLeaf restoration projects. As you can glean from above, these 25 projects are planting 1.8 million trees to restore forest ecosystems across the U.S. and around the world. From Mon... (Read More)

At the Sign of the Flying Goose

by Susan Laszewski
Pelican IslandNormally, geese fly south for the winter in flocks, returning in the spring and recognizable in their famous “v-formation.” But, there’s a singular goose that you can see flying solo year round in both Maine and Florida. You’ll see the same goose as far out into the Atlantic as the U.S. Virgin Islands and in the Pacific as far as Guam. This goose is in all 50 states and several U.S. territories. It’s the flying goose emblem that sign... (Read More)

Remember the Longleaf

by Loose Leaf Team
Longleaf pine. Credit: Randy Browning/USFWSBy Josh DeLacey When Alabama became a state in 1819, up to 90 million acres (140,000 square miles) of longleaf pine forests stretched across the southeastern United States. That’s an area almost the size of Montana — an area larger than all the national parks combined — all covered in towering pine trees. Early settlers described the forests as “limitless.” Now, just two million acres of longleaf forests remain — less than t... (Read More)

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)

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