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Monarchs on the Mind


by Susan Laszewski
Monarch on milkweed If you’re a regular Loose Leaf reader, you know we follow monarch butterflies pretty closely. That’s not only because they’re important pollinators, forest animals and beautiful creatures — when they cluster on the branches of the oyamel fir in their winter home, they are a landscape unto themselves. It’s also because we’ve got a dog in this fight. We’ve been actively working to restore habitat for the monarchs since our first pro... (Read More)



History of the Longleaf Pine


by Loose Leaf Team
Red-cockaded woodpecker. By Lisa Swann When settlers first came to what is now the southeastern U.S., they were greeted by vast pine forests — the southern longleaf pine. They noticed its spirituality, its majesty, its wildlife and its old growth trees often leaning to one side with weight. Naturalist John Muir spent time there observing these great forests: “In ‘pine barrens’ most of the day.  Low, level, sandy tracts; the pines wide apart; the sunny... (Read More)



Good News for the Bay


by Susan Laszewski
Chesapeake Bay. In the 23 years since amendments to the Clean Air Act imposed regulations on emissions of nitrogen oxide from power plants, nitrogen deposits in nine Chesapeake Bay area watersheds have declined 34 percent, according to a new study from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, published last month in Environmental Science and Technology. The study’s lead author, Dr. Keith N. Eshleman, tells the Baltimore Sun that the red... (Read More)



105 Years of Zion National Park


by Loose Leaf Team
Zion National ParkBy 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. The park includes Horse Ranch Mou... (Read More)



Trouble for English Forests


by Loose Leaf Team
brown hairstreakBy 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), a new plan to halt governmen... (Read More)

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