Lowenstein, Frank

Frank Lowenstein is the director of climate change adaptation for The Nature Conservancy. During his 17 years with the Conservancy, Frank has helped lead forest health and forest conservation work in the northeastern United States and internationally. Outside of work, Frank is an avid outdoorsman and gardener, and an occasional banjo player.

To Tree or Not to Tree?

By Frank Lowestein

We love trees. They clean our air and water, store our carbon, and lend a hand in creating many of life's needful things, from our homes and furniture to our beloved Louisville Sluggers. So we should never, ever cut one down for the sole purpose of decorating our living rooms for the month of December, right? Actually, wrong. If you choose a real Christmas tree over an artificial one, count yourself among the "greener" holiday makers.