Today marks what would be Aldo Leopold’s 125th birthday. Leopold, author of A Sand County Almanac, was an ecological restoration visionary.
In honor of Leopold's life and legacy, here's your tree news from around the world:
- Over his 40-year career as a forester, scientist, teacher, and writer, Aldo Leopold brought a greater understanding of our relationship with the natural world [U.S Forest Service]
- Read about Leopold's milestone years of 1887, 1935, and 1948 [Aldo Leopold Foundation]
- Australia is on fire. Here's a glimpse of the bushfires as seen from space [io9.com]
- Asia's Sundarbans is the largest area of mangrove forest in the world and the only one that is inhabited by the tiger. A new report shows the rapid deterioration that is taking place in this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site [ScienceDaily]
- Did you know that vulture excrement is extremely acidic and can destroy trees and cars? Gross. [The Washington Post]
- The spread of New Jersey's southern pine beetle infestation was not as bad as was predicted [Philly.com]
- Indiana University researchers used tree bark as its sampling medium for finding far-flung pollution from flame retardant chemicals [IU News Room]
- A little bit of local love: My hometown is softening its tree policy, even though more than 50 trees were uprooted during Hurricane Sandy [Patch.com; Hat tip to our most loyal reader, my mom].
Photo by Jennifer Jones shows members of the AFF Board of Trustees at the Aldo Leopold shack and farm.