Global ReLeaf Posts on LooseLeaf Blog



GR25: Longleaf pine in 2014


by connie
Longleaf pine forests now span only three percent of their historic range, which extended from eastern Texas to southern Virginia.

Happy New Year! In 2014, amidst numerous despondent stories of Ebola, MH370 and more, American Forests worked to instill resiliency for a species that has long undergone devastation of its own: the longleaf pine.

If you live in the southern U.S. or follow American Forests, you know the story all too well. The longleaf pine, once covering an expansive 90 million acres, currently covers less than three percent of its historic range. A... (Read More)




On our way to 50 million trees!


by Christopher Horn
Greenbrier River in West Virginia. Photo Credit: Phil Virgo

This year, we will partner with local organizations to plant more than 1.7 million trees in 35 projects in 19 U.S. states and seven countries around the world.

Since its inception 25 years ago, American Forests’ Global ReLeaf program has completed more than 1,000 projects, planting nearly 50 million trees in all 50 U.S. states and 45 countries around the world. These projects are completed in cooperation with local nonprofits, bus... (Read More)




25 years of Global ReLeaf


by Jami Westerhold
In 2009, Global ReLeaf was in Mississippi as part of the plan to restore canopy lost during Hurricane Katrina.

While the world watched the space shuttle Discovery place the Hubble Space Telescope in orbit 25 years ago, American Forests was also launching a stellar program: Global ReLeaf.

Though we had dipped our toe in the water of forest reforestation before 1990, this was the first year we committed to supporting multiple large-scale, on-the-ground projects. Since its inaugural year, American Forests’ Global ReLeaf program has blossomed into... (Read More)




Global ReLeaf Goes Swimmingly in Vermont


by Loose Leaf Team
American Forests is helping restore damages to the White River through reforestation.  Photo: Selbe & Lily/Flickr

By Caroline Brooks, Communications Intern

Throughout National Rivers Month, we have taken a look at American Forests’ efforts to preserve rivers across the country.

The Washington and New Mexico Global ReLeaf projects we discussed demonstrate the importance of trees to the rivers and, in turn, to the animals that rely on those rivers for survival.

Another Global ReLeaf project that illustrates this r... (Read More)




Dive in to National Rivers Month


by Loose Leaf Team
Riparian forests help improve water quality, mitigate erosion and provide wildlife habitat.

By Caroline Brooks, Communications Intern

June offers us many occasions to celebrate: the end of school, the beginning of summer and, among all the season’s celebrations, National Rivers Month! All of these events encourage us to get outside and take advantage of this gift that Mother Nature has granted us.

Across the country, rivers serve people, animals and plants in a variety of ways. Humans rely on rive... (Read More)


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