Global ReLeaf Posts on LooseLeaf Blog

Run, Salmon, Run

by Loose Leaf Team
Standardized Precipitation Index map - Loose Leaf July 2013By Michelle Werts It’s farmer vs. fisherman in California. The battleground is the Klamath River and at stake are the abundant agricultural fields of California’s Central Valley and the lives of thousands upon thousands of endangered Chinook salmon. No pressure. The instigator of this conflict is ages old and drought is its name. As you can see from the standardized precipitation index map from the National Climatic Data Center, the ... (Read More)

At Home in the Trees

by Loose Leaf Team
Kirtland’s warblerBy Michelle Werts Everyone knows that birds and trees have a special relationship. For birds, trees provide shelter and food, and for many trees, birds help them reproduce by distributing their seeds. But this relationship can’t be taken for granted, and to protect one, we must protect the other. During my Michigan adventure last week, my colleagues and I visited Hiawatha National Forest, where American Forests Global ReLeaf has suppo... (Read More)

A Burning Alaska

by Scott Maxham
Cloudy Alaskan wilderness Since it seems the media only highlights the forest fires that take place in the lower 48 states, many people would be surprised to know that millions of acres of forestland is burned in Alaska each year. Yes, you read correctly, Alaska. The National Interagency Fire Center reports that Alaskan fires have burned 1,043,908 acres so far this year. In comparison, this is 10 times the amount of acres that have burned in California this year. In f... (Read More)

Defenders of the Coasts

by Susan Laszewski
Loxahatchee Slough in Palm Beach County, FloridaThere is a silent army out there protecting our coasts from invasion — a second Coast Guard, if you will. This army has protected us not from war, but from hurricanes, floods and other catastrophes. I’m talking about coastal buffers — the mangrove forests, wetlands and oyster beds that protect us from hurricanes, floods and other catastrophic natural events. A new report published in Nature Climate Change finds that without these importa... (Read More)

If You Protect It, They Will Come

by Loose Leaf Team
The endangered ocelot, which we’ve been protecting through habitat restoration work in TexasBy Michelle Werts The gopher tortoise. The ocelot. The red-cockaded woodpecker. The black bear. Within the last two years, American Forests Global ReLeaf projects in Florida, Texas, Alabama and Louisiana have restored forest habitat in these Gulf Coast states for each of the above listed species — alongside many more — and while we’re incredibly proud of these efforts, we’re also proud of the fact that conservation isn’t just about ... (Read More)

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