America’s Wetland Forests: Our Communities’ Shelter from the Storms

By Danna Smith and Reverend Leo Woodberry Today is the International Day for Biological Diversity, the month of May is American Wetlands Month, and the Atlantic hurricane season begins next week. As we brace for another season of intensifying storms, it’s an opportune time to reflect on the vital role that our diverse, Southern wetland […]

Black bear swimming in a wetland

Deforestation and Pandemics

Our health is vital in these times. Climate change is one of the great threats facing the world today, along with pandemics like COVID-19. To protect our communities and our livelihoods, we need to address the problem before it is too late. What if I told you that natural forests and wetlands are vital to […]

You Are Essential

During this global crisis we’ve watched as governments and public agencies make decisions deeming what is “essential” for our society to function. To be clear, this is an incredibly tough job for our elected officials. It’s not easy to flatten the curve of a rapidly spreading global pandemic while maintaining life-supporting systems (medical, water, waste […]

Beautiful Forest

Save the Okefenokee Swamp

Written in collaboration with Okefenokee Protection Alliance The Okefenokee Swamp is the largest blackwater wetlands in North America and one of the world’s largest intact freshwater ecosystems. Located in the southeast corner of Georgia,its wide range of habitats is home to a rich diversity of plants, birds, fish, and wildlife and includes the headwaters of […]

Wetland Wanderer and the American Amazon

Happy World Wetlands Day! In honor of this special day, we’re celebrating wetland biodiversity. Wetland biodiversity matters! Why? Swamp vegetation filters pollutants, making water safe to drink Wetlands provide livelihoods for one billion people and help feed the world Peatlands store 30% of land-based carbon Lakes and rivers supply food and medicine Wetlands protect communities […]

Photo of Lucia in a Wetland in Alabama