Among our efforts to leave forests better than we found them, we can join and/or support organizations with similar or related missions.
Take a look at American Forests (www.americanforests.org), one of many examples of forest-focused environmental organizations. Here is an excerpt from their website:
We are people who care about – and for – forests.
American Forests, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the country, advocates for the protection and expansion of America’s forests. Since 1990, we have planted more than 40 million trees. We restore watersheds to help provide clean drinking water. We replant forests destroyed by human action and by natural disasters.
Our work is guided by science: choosing the right mix of trees for particular locations, the best trees to act as windbreaks or to filter water, the trees that will provide wildlife habitat, or are most suitable for city streets and parks.
Our advocacy is also guided by science: keeping policymakers informed about how trees interact with climate, sequester carbon, manage water, and benefit cities. We explain that ecological services from trees and forests have real economic value. We work in and advocate for federal, state, and urban forests, and sometimes our work takes us beyond US borders.
You can subscribe to their publications …
- Forest Files monthly newsletter (free) – Get it by email or read it online.
- Loose Leaf blog (free) – where a team of good writers with a passion for nature and forests publish beautiful, interesting, educational, and inspirational articles and photos. This truly is a beautiful blog.
- American Forests magazine ($25 membership donation) – “American Forests has been publishing its magazine since 1895. Filled with beautiful photographs and informative articles highlighting our nation’s forests and trees, American Forests features information for everyone from the environmentally conscious to the outdoor enthusiast.”
- Subscribe to the American Forests YouTube Video Channel. Share videos with others in email and your blog.
They propose the following ways to participate in their mission …
Join the American Forests Community [for free]
Simply by clicking the Join Our Community button below and filling out your information, you can make a contribution to the work of American Forests. First, we’ll be able to count you as someone who believes deeply in the need to protect and restore forests when we advocate for better policy with federal and state governments and as we apply for foundations grants to support our work. Numbers matter.
Second, we’ll help you expand your knowledge about these important issues and keep in touch about ways you can make a difference. We’ll also keep you informed of other ways you can help as opportunities arise. This is a simple, no cost, first step you can take right now to show your support our work.
OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED:
- Support our work.
- Receive our Policy Updates and Action Alerts
- Comment on our Loose Leaf blog
- Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Want to hug a really giant tree, help protect it, share its majesty?
American Forests runs the National Big Tree program …
American Forests’ National Big Tree Program is a conservation movement to locate, appreciate and protect the biggest tree species in the United States. More than 750 champions are crowned each year and documented in our biannual publication — the National Register of Big Trees.
For more than 70 years, the goal of the National Big Tree Program has remained: to preserve and promote the iconic stature of these living monarchs and to educate people about the key role that these remarkable trees and forests play in sustaining a healthy environment.
There are more than 200 species without a champion. Become a big-tree hunter with an instant champion to your credit by finding one of these trees. You just need a measuring tape and a ruler to get started. Click here to see how.
Other American Forests programs:
- Endangered Western Forests – “A combination of threats — mountain pine beetles, white pine blister rust, fire suppression and climate change — is jeopardizing the health of our high-elevation forests.”
- Global ReLeaf – “Since 1990, American Forests Global ReLeaf has completed restoration work in all 50 U.S. states and 39 countries around the world, helping to plant more than 43 million* trees in areas of crucial need. These projects have restored forest ecosystems for myriad critical issues, including wildlife habitat improvement, responses to wildfire and other threats, water resource protection and carbon offsets benefits. Through local partnerships, American Forests is able to involve individuals, organizations, agencies and corporations in tree planting projects that restore local and global ecosystems.” [emphasis ours] (* – Over 44.5 million trees planted as of the time of this post. )
- Public Policy development and change actions – “American Forests’ Public Policy Program advocates for the protection and restoration of rural and urban forests. Our vision is for a world in which forests are thriving and valued for their significant environmental and societal benefits.” Notice the mention of “societal benefits?” We benefit from forests as a culture, as a society, as a community. Public policy work includes Community Coalitions work that “helps citizens and community groups participate in the forest policy process.” You can sign up to receive email policy updates and action alerts.
- Urban Forests – “Urban forests are critical to the health and quality of life within our cities. Unfortunately, they are constantly facing challenges such as urban expansion, invasive pests, changing climates and underfunded management and maintenance. Unlike their counterparts in natural settings, urban forests exist and are maintained only through human intervention. American Forests is committed to raising awareness about the vital benefits our urban forests provide and the science-based tools that are out there to best assess those benefits.”
They also have projects for kids (three videos in blog post). Here is a list of American Forest Loose Leaf blog posts about involvement for kids.
Just in case that’s not enough, here are some nifty ways that American Forests serves us:
Tree Facts: What trees do for us. Some of these may surprise you!
Forest Facts: What makes a forest a forest? Find out here.
Recreation: Learn about great places to hike, bike, canoe, kayak, birdwatch, camp, and more. Updated regularly, so don’t forget to check back before you plan your next outing.
Tree Doctor Q&A: If you have questions about the trees in your yard, our Tree Doctor has the answers.
Carbon Footprint Calculator: Find out what impact your lifestyle has on the environment, and then learn how to reduce it. You can also plant trees to offset your carbon footprint.
There is still another way you can participate in leaving our forests better than we found them, right now, for free, quickly and easily, without leaving your chair. We would love to know your opinion of this kind of blog post by Sylvabiota. Is it useful or helpful to you in some way? We also would deeply appreciate learning what you think of the American Forests organization, good or bad, whether you joined their Community, subscribed or donated, or what else you may have done or continue doing with them or for them.
Eventually, we hope to establish a Sylvabiota FREE membership program. Until then, you can participate in this blog, and be highly appreciated.
- Internship Experience at American Forests Serves as Preparation for Life After Graduation (beyondtheclassroomblog.wordpress.com) by Tacy Lambiase, Communications and Marketing Intern for American Forests. Some examples of Tacy’s good work at AF:
- Nature Heals – a very important piece on the human benefits of interaction with nature
- Dedicated Today to Celebrating Our Forests – Tacy writes, “… the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring March 21 as the International Day of Forests and the Tree. According to the UN, “The International Day of Forests and the Tree is held annually on 21 March to raise awareness of sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests for the benefit of current and future generations.” Learn more at the United Nations Forum on Forests 2013
- In Bloom: Washington’s Cherry Blossoms
- Can Trees Save the Chesapeake Bay?
- Looking Back: My Family’s Connection with American Forests
- … and many more truly useful and important articles by Tacy Lambiase
- Forgotten Characters: Spunky Squirrel (fhsarchives.wordpress.com – official blog of the Forest History Society – www.foresthistory.org) – by Jamie “Mad B-Logger” Lewis. “Spunky was the brainchild of the American Forestry Association (now American Forests) in 1981.”