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June 12, 2018 Newsletter: OGFN is growing, new global research on the value of big trees, & our annual update is headed to your mailbox!
Spring is full of new growth for OGFN!
It takes a dedicated and driven team to grow our nationwide Network of forever-preserved forests! We are thrilled to have three new additions to our team - read on to find out who they are and what they're all about.  

Everyone on the OGFN team (pictured all together at right) recently had the opportunity to put our heads together for our May 2018 Strategy session. We shared a meaningful time together in Maryland, exploring the best and brightest ways to continue doing the critically important work of saving old-growth forests. 

Pictured from left to right: Vanessa Goold, Volunteer; William Cook, Board member; Melissa Micriotti, HR & FInance; Susan Ives, Board member; Holiday Phelan-Johnson, Board member; Lea Sloan (back row), Board member; Dr. Joan Maloof, Executive director; Dr. Melissa Abdo, Managing director; Susan Barnett, Administrative assistant; Lisa Marie Ghezzi (back row), Board member; Richard Marion, Board member.
OGFN's new team members
We are very excited to announce that the Old-Growth Forest Network is growing! Dr. Melissa Abdo (at right) joined us as our new Managing Director. Melissa holds a Ph.D. in forest ecology, is a renowned botanical explorer, and has over 15 years of experience managing research and conservation projects in the US and internationally.  "I am honored and thrilled to join the Old-Growth Forest Network.  Being part of the only national organization committed to forever-preserving our old-growth forests - while improving education about and access to the forests - is deeply meaningful to me. The work of preserving our ancient forests in the U.S. is of momentous importance, and I wake up every day inspired to do my utmost," Melissa said of her role with the OGFN.  

Mr. Richard Marion also joined OGFN's Board, growing it to six members with diverse backgrounds. Richard has expertise in the financial sector, and in building community capacity to act as forest advocates and forest protectors. He and his wife, Laurie, founded the Briarlake Community Forest Alliance with neighbors from their metro-Atlanta neighborhood. Together, they helped save a rare gem of a forest in Atlanta and continue to carry out activities to protect and promote the park. Learn more about their work here - it speaks of the power of civic engagement and community action to preserve our forests. 

Last but not least, we had a new volunteer join us! Mrs. Vanessa Goold holds a Master's in Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning, and is working with OGFN on a special project to develop a new resource for people that care about forest preservation. 

Join us! We are accepting volunteers (that work from home) to help further OGFN's mission.  Reach out to volunteer for OGFN here.
Coming your way this summer...
Keep an eye on your mailbox this summer! We will be sending out our annual color mailing soon. We only send out one per year, on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Please click here to privately share your address with us to ensure that you get your copy of the Old-Growth Forest Network annual news. The mailing includes all those who donated to OGFN in 2017 (thank you again!) and all the forests recently added to the Network. Can't wait for the snail-mail version to arrive in your mailbox? 
Have a sneak peek by clicking here (PDF, 813 KB).


Global study provides new evidence for preserving large trees, such as those in old-growth forests...
In a landmark new study published in Global Ecology & Biogeography, researchers examined 48 forest plots from around the globe and found that the largest 1% of trees comprise 50% of forest biomass. That's astounding! One of the ways this is significant is that it demonstrates the major quantifiable role that large-diameter trees (which are often the oldest trees in a forest) play in the global carbon cycle.  

Based on their findings, the study's authors from around the world call for "managing forests for conservation of existing large-diameter trees or those that can soon reach large diameter as a simple way to conserve and potentially enhance ecosystem services." Find the study here.
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We are a network of people that care about forests.
Upcoming Events
June 21: Gibson Island Garden Club, Gibson Island/Anne Arundel County, MD (members only, email for info)

Stay tuned for many upcoming events in Fall 2018 throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Florida, and more!

You can help us spread the word by hosting forest ecologists Dr. Joan Maloof or Dr. Melissa Abdo to speak at an event in your area about the important work of conserving our ancient forests.  
For more information, visit the Old-Growth Forest Network website
or contact Joan Maloof at
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