Stories about Forests

August 15, 2019

Invasive Pests Threaten 40% of U.S. Forests

U.S. forests are under threat, and not just from logging or drought but from invasive insects and fungi that could kill 40% of all domestic forests. As the Guardian explained, “About 450 overseas pests that damage or feed on trees have been introduced to US...

August 11, 2019

One Cool Thing: Smokey Turns 75!

We think he doesn’t look a day over 65!  On Friday, the lead character in the longest-running public service campaign, Smokey The Bear, turned seventy-five.  His message has always been simple and highly effective — reminding Americans that “Only you can...

August 1, 2019

Wildfires in Siberia Force Government To Declare An Emergency

By Alexandra Patel and Monica Medina Wildfires raging across Siberia this year have reached historic levels — It is estimated that the fires released 300 megatonnes of carbon dioxide in July, the most since satellite records began around two decades ago. In...

July 23, 2019

We Need Trees to Stay Cool But We Keep Losing Them

We wrote last week that trees and forests have an important role to play in fighting climate change and their importance was only underscored by the recent heatwave that much of the east coast experienced. Tree cover can cool cities by as much as 10°F but in the...

July 19, 2019

The Power of Forests to Fight Climate Change

by Alexandra Patel A new study published in the journal Science reveals that restoration of forested land on a global scale could help capture atmospheric carbon and mitigate climate change at an unprecedented rate. Why This Matters: Trees and forests play a crucial...

July 18, 2019

One Cool Thing: Free Beer for Life

If you’re a fan of Busch beer then this one’s for you: As Fast and Company reported, this Saturday Busch Beer will sponsor a secret pop-up shop (the “Busch Pop Up Schop”) that will last for one day—in a national forest somewhere in America. Attendees will...

July 14, 2019

Alaska Burns Due to Vicious Heat Wave

By Alexandra Patel Extreme temperatures in Alaska are causing an outbreak of explosive wildfires throughout the state, with Fairbanks, Anchorage experiencing its warmest March to date, as reported recently by Our Daily Planet. Just in the week of July 3rd, more than...

June 25, 2019

Pine Forest Restoration in Missouri Pays Off Big

Millions of acres of pine woodlands used to cover a large portion of the Midwest but as humans logged these trees and suppressed natural fires, dense forests with thick leaf litter and tree species that were less fire-resistant took their place–leading to more...