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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)

ReLeaf by the Numbers

by Loose Leaf Team
Sumatran orangutan

By Michelle Werts

1,888,012 trees
5,038 acres (or 5,038 football fields if that helps you picture the size)
25 forests
14 states
5 countries
1 healthier planet

This afternoon, American Forests announced our 2013 Global ReLeaf restorat... (Read More)

At the Sign of the Flying Goose

by Susan Laszewski
Pelican Island

It’s the flying goose emblem that signifies a national wildlife refuge.

The first refuge in today’s National Wildlife Refuge System was signed into being by President Theodore Roosevelt on this day 110 years ago. But while Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida represented the first time land had been set aside as a refuge for a non-marketable species — the brown pelican — there was not yet a larger system for it... (Read More)

Remember the Longleaf

by Loose Leaf Team
Longleaf pine. Credit: Randy Browning/USFWS

By 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 fo... (Read More)

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