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A Rainbow of Global ReLeaf Projects for 2014

by Susan Laszewski
Golden lion tamarins.

In its 24th year, American Forests Global ReLeaf is adding 33 new and continuing projects to the list of ways we’re helping forests around the world. And let me tell you, these projects are as diverse as the rainbow!

Whether you call them red, orange or yellow, golden lion tamarins are facing a plight that has American Forests Global ReLeaf heading back to Brazil for the first time in 11 years. Brazil’s Atlantic forest is the on... (Read More)

Stopping Deforestation, Helping Business

by American Forests
Deforestation from an Indonesian palm oil plantation

By John-Miguel Dalbey

A recent interview published in E&E News suggests that practices which prevent deforestation may actually be good for business. Unilever, an international umbrella corporation headquartered in London, recently joined the 2013 Commitment to Development “Ideas in Action.” CEO Paul Polman, in the same E&E News interview from February 12, argues that such sustainable practices are i... (Read More)

The Importance of Core Forests

by American Forests
A series of dune habitats in Indiana have been fragmented by roadways

By John-Miguel Dalbey

A bill has been introduced in the Pennsylvania House which would make it easier for industries such as gas to drill and develop in forests that could possibly be home to endangered plants or animals or other sensitive species.

The ecological significance of “core forests” — forests surrounded by other forests — cannot be overstated. Compared to “fringe” forests or habitats —tho... (Read More)

The Fruit of Insects’ Labor

by American Forests
Orchard mason bee on an apple blossom

By John-Miguel Dalbey

The recent crisis of “colony collapse,” in which bee colonies have been dying off due to disease, pesticides and other man-made causes, has already begun to have detrimental effects on both fruit farmers and the pollination of natural tree species.

It is possible to artificially pollinate both wild and farmed trees, or allow for wind or birds to do so; however, a recent study publi... (Read More)

The Mystery of Utah’s Eagle Deaths

by Susan Laszewski
Bald eagle in Utah

The national symbol of the United States: a bird with a six to seven-foot wingspan and the largest nest of any bird in North America. The bald eagle’s majesty has inspired people for generations.

American Forests has worked with the Forest Service since 2007 to restore habitat for bald eagles in several Midwest national forests and we’ve seen efforts there paying off. Fledglings have been observed in Superior National Forest eve... (Read More)

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