American Forests

The objectives of American Forests, publisher of American Forests magazine, are to help people plant and care for trees for ecosystem restoration and healthier communities.

Articles from Vol. 109, No. 3, Autumn

A Trio of Spirit Trees
The Grove Place Baobab. The baobab at Estate Grove Place on St. Croix is the largest tree on the three islands: 53 feet high, with a circumference of 53 feet and a 67-foot crown spread. (It pulls in 729.9 points on AMERICAN FORESTS' Big Tree rating system.)...
Building a Better Tree
When the goal is creating tougher trees for urban areas it means focusing on more than just parentage.Are living things a product of their genetic make-up or of the environment? The answer is both. When it comes to making it in the world of trees, who...
Deforesting the Earth; from Prehistory to Global Crisis
Deforesting the Earth; From Prehistory to Global Crisis by Michael Williams. $70. University of Chicago Press, 2003.Michael Williams has assembled a remarkable history of how human deforestation of the world over a 10,000-year period has transformed...
Elm-Entary Evolution
A group of saplings growing in an Ohio meadow represent what researchers hope will be a brighter future for America's beloved but almost vanished American elm.Researchers in Ohio are clustering seedlings grown from the few, scattered trees that have...
How an Analysis Inspired Change
San Antonio's residents maintain a proud tradition of civic involvement in protecting their natural resources. In 1921, when a few influential city leaders decided to essentially bury the San Antonio River in concrete after a series of devastating floods...
Letters
THE MYSTERY CONTINUESEditor: The jury is still out on the age of the great osage-orange at the home of Patrick Henry, despite the intriguing article (Summer 2003) by Nancy Ross Hugo and the two increment cores taken by dendrochronologist Carolyn Copenheaver....
Mapping the Big Trees
A bulldozed beauty prompts a program aimed at protecting water quality by preserving arboreal treasures.It was the diesel cough of a bulldozer headed for a potential state champion that motivated a group of New Jersey conservationists to look to the...
Mayors Want Trees
The following resolution was adopted at the 71st annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Denver:PROMOTING THE PRESERVATION AND CREATION OF URBAN FORESTSWHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors is working with the USDA Forest Service and AMERICAN...
Melding Hope and High Tech
This New Jersey nonprofit has built a reputation for turning high-risk youth into highly skilled employees.Although the weekend moving company job left him plenty of time for school-work and skateboarding, Frank Castillo didn't want to load and unload...
More Trees, Better Cities
How valuable is a tree? Depends on the reason. A tree may be the oldest or the largest of its species. It may be a champ nationally or statewide. Or, a tree may have historic importance because of the person who planted it or cared for it. All of these...
News from the World of Trees
A PRINCE PLANTS TREESH.S.H. Crown Prince Albert of Monaco will join AMERICAN FORESTS in planting and caring for trees to remember the victims of the 9-11 terrorist attack in New York City. The Living Memorial Tree Foundation (LMTF), which was established...
News of Note
* "The living dead" are species in Southeast Asia whose populations ecologists say have fallen low enough to be considered on the brink of extinction. The journal Nature says habitat destruction comes from threats such as logging and urbanization.* A...
Place of Refreshing Waters
Heed the cry, "Remember the Alamo!" But if you're in San Antonio, don't forget these gems too.Best known for the Alamo and the River Walk or "Paseo del Rio" (which are neck-in-neck for the honor of Texas' most visited sites), San Antonio offers a staggering...
Putting Trees on the Payroll
Here's a greener way to clean up air and water while putting your city's books in the black.Urban forests-the trees and related resources where people live, work, and play-are as old as civilization. People have long appreciated their unique benefits:...
Remembering 9-11
In keeping with its long history of planting memorial groves, AMERICAN FORESTS will supply the trees for the planned Pentagon Memorial Park. The park, which remembers the 184 men, women, and children who died there on 9-11, will feature 184 memorial...
San Antonio: Restoring the Urban Oasis
This southwestern jewel, called the Venice of the U.S., shimmers with natural beauty, culture, and economic opportunities. But development and tree loss usually go hand in hand. Here's how one city is gathering the tools to change that scenario. -by...
Saving the Spirit Trees
By cataloging the Virgin Islands' "remarkable" trees, a university professor hopes to save its wealth of stories about ancestral shrines and jumbie trees-and create a link between environmentalism and the islands' cultural history.There are spirits in...
The Sunflower Forest; Ecological Restoration and the New Communion with Nature
The Sunflower Forest; Ecological Restoration and the New Communion with Nature by William R. Jordan III. $27.50. The University of California Press, 2003.William Jordan's book is a provocative essay based on more than 20 years of "reflections, reading,...
Trees Where History Gathered
One day in 1984, my family did something simple that was to change our lives forever: We went on a picnic and came home with an acorn our toddler had picked up. We didn't know it then, but the tree we sprouted would mark the beginning of AMERICAN FORESTS'...