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GR25: Giving Back to Celebrated Stewards of the Earth in 2000

by Megan Higgs
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

During the turn of the millennium, a lot of uncertainty abounded across America.  Many of us can remember holding our breath the evening of December 31, 1999 in anticipation of the notorious Y2K computer bug – a catastrophe that would result if early computers could not recognize the “00” of the year “2000,” resulting in predicted rampant errors or complete shutdown. Of course, this blog is a living testament to the fact that th... (Read More)

GR25: Reforesting for Turkeys in 2001

by Megan Higgs
Wild turkey at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum.

As our journey continues, 2001 marks widespread reforestation utilized for an unlikely hero, a bird most associated with its ubiquitous fall staples (did we mention we’re done with the summer humidity?): the wild turkey.

Though mistakenly named for the country Turkey by domesticated imports to Britain, the wild turkey is as American as a bird can possibly get – its native range actually spans across much of North America, particular... (Read More)

The Mountain Pine Beetle’s March across Canada

by American Forests
A mountain pine beetle excavating a tunnel in a ponderosa pine

David May, Communications Intern

Part 1 of the 3-part series Insects and Our Forests. Read part 2 here and part 3 here.

Since the ‘90s, the scenic views of North America’s lushest western forests have become more and more splattered with a palette of rust and dark grey. Once only patches amongst the vast swathes of evergreen, entire mountainsides now stand barren. This widespread problem has many culprits,... (Read More)

GR25: Remembering 9/11 with Trees in Memorial

by Jami Westerhold
World Trade Center Memorial

Presenting the 25 Years of Global ReLeaf series has offered American Forests’ staff an opportunity to look back through our more than 1,000 projects. This reflection has helped us understand what our predecessors worked on throughout our history and learn about our myriad of partners and the ecosystems of the globe we prioritized. For our 2002 projects, our dip into history exposed several that are about so much more than restoration; th... (Read More)

GR25: New Jersey in 2003

by Megan Higgs
An Atlantic White Cedar

2015 is indeed a year of many anniversaries — American Forests’ own 140th anniversary, and, as we all know by now, the 25th year of Global ReLeaf. In addition, the site of the next leg of our journey through the past is celebrating an anniversary of its own this year: the 110th birthday of New Jersey’s first state park.

Back in 1905, the New Jersey Legislature acquired the first parcel of land set aside to become a state fores... (Read More)

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