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Following in the Footsteps of Johnny Appleseed


by Susan Laszewski
crabapples

Folklore paints Johnny Appleseed as having walked across the country scattering apple seeds in the wilderness along his way. In fact, his plantings were more deliberate than that. Knowing how important apples were to settlers for making hard apple cider, he planted nurseries along the frontier, so that once settlers arrived, the trees they would need were ready.

At American Forests, we know that fruit-bearing trees continue to be im... (Read More)




A Sand-filled Anniversary


by Loose Leaf Team
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

By Lizzie Wasilewska

Today is the anniversary of one of the most biologically and geologically unique parks in the U.S.: Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. In addition to its famous desert dunes, Great Sand Dunes includes grasslands and wetlands; lakes, rivers and streams; tundra; and forests that spread from the desert’s edges to the peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The range of tree species f... (Read More)




Giving Butterflies a Boost


by Susan Laszewski
Monarch butterflies

Last March, we told you about how pesticides used in Canada and the U.S. are killing the milkweed the monarchs need to survive their long journey.

A new study published in Conservation Biology details how another cause has aided the pesticides in contributing to the monarch’s current plight: illegal logging. From 2001 to 2013, more than 5,380 acres of the monarch’s winter habitat has been lost. While some of the deforestation ca... (Read More)




Making Sense of the Weather of 2012


by Susan Laszewski
Flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy storm surges in Morris Canal Park in Jersey City

Seventy-eight meteorologists, working in several teams, analyzed the likelihood of the weather events under different models: those representing current levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases and others using pre-industrial levels. Analyzing 12 extreme weather events of 2012, they found that climate change had played a role in half of them.

Some of the most difficult events to determine climate change’s role in were precipitation ... (Read More)




After Katrina: Eight Years Later


by Loose Leaf Team
A Texas Army National Guard Blackhawk deposits a 6,000 pound-plus bag of sand and gravel on-target, Sunday, September 4, 2005, as work progressed to close the breach in the 17th Street Canal in New Orleans post-Katrina.

By Michelle Werts

Eight years ago today, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana. The level three category hurricane unleashed upward of 10 inches of rain on the Gulf Coast with winds at speeds greater than 140 mph.

By the time the storm dissipated a day later, more than 80 percent of New Orleans was flooded, while cities, communities and ecosystems across the Southeast began to deal with the fallout f... (Read More)


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