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Third Time’s Another Charm

by Susan Laszewski
Samarskaya LukaThey say that the third time’s the charm, but when it comes to our partnership with Alcoa Foundation, we like to think the first two times were pretty charmed as well! In just two years, the Alcoa Foundation and American Forests Global ReLeaf Partnership for Trees has planted 520,000 trees, bringing the environmental benefits of cleaner air, cleaner water, carbon storage and wildlife habitat to diverse communities around the world. Now, en... (Read More)

A Wild, Wild World

by Loose Leaf Team
Threatened Louisiana black bear (Ursus americanus luteolus)By Michelle Werts 150 million acres of protected land & water 1,000 species of fish 700 species of birds 250 species of reptiles and amphibians 220 species of mammals This is the National Wildlife Refuge System, administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), by the numbers. As you may be able to gather from its name and some of the numbers above, its mission is fairly straightforward: “The mission of the... (Read More)

The Spice of Life

by Loose Leaf Team
Brule Lake, Superior National Forest, MinnesotaBy Michelle Werts Have you ever been in one of those subdivisions where every house looks the same? Or how about have you ever had to eat the same leftovers for several days in a row? In my experience, the first experience leaves me feeling a little creeped out, while the second can become tiresome. As the old cliché goes, variety is the spice of life. The same exact thing is true in nature, which is why the United Nations has declared today ... (Read More)

Endangered, But Protected

by Loose Leaf Team
The endangered woodland caribouBy Michelle Werts Today is the eighth annual Endangered Species Day! In December 1973, President Nixon signed into law the Endangered Species Act, which charged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with protecting not only the listed species, but “the ecosystems upon which they depend.” And for the last 40 years, the agencies have been developing and implementing wildlife protection a... (Read More)

A Tale of Two Mountains: Part Two

by Loose Leaf Team
Newly planted trees along San Antonio Creek in the Jemez MountainsBy Michelle Werts “Riparian areas are extremely important and, with long-term forecasts calling for drought and higher temperatures, they are some of the most at-risk landscapes in New Mexico,” says Ron Loehman, conservation chairman with New Mexico Trout, in People Restoring America’s Forests: 2012 Report on the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. Yesterday, I talked about the intersection of forest restoration and ... (Read More)

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