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. 110, No. 2, Summer-Autumn

A Flood of Concern in Roanoke: After an Urban Ecosystem Analysis, Officials Agree Increasing Tree Cover Is the Best Way to Alleviate Long-Standing Problems
Roanoke, Virginia, sits at the head-waters of three major water systems: the New River on one side of the watershed flows into the Mississippi River, the Roanoke River flows to the Outer Banks, and the Upper James River flows to Chesapeake Bay. Over...
A Man of Las Humanas: George Ramirez's Efforts Are Bringing Solid Training and Steady Work to One of New Mexico's Overstocked Forests
George Ramirez lives in the small town of Manzano, about 60 miles south of Albuquerque. Manzano is a Spanish land grant community where residents depend on wood for heating, cooking, building, and medicinal plants. An effort by Ramirez that began with...
A Mission for Monarchs: Masses of Autumn-Colored Monarchs Cluster Together as They Overwinter in Mexico. Depletion of the Forest There Has Many Concerned for the Butterfly's Future
Jose Luis Alvarez insists that he is, first and foremost, a tree man. His nursery, Vivero Hacienda La Cruz, is located on one of the most fertile grounds in the central-Mexican state of Michoacan. Here, where the springs flow and the rich dark soil...
A Tree of Literary Genius
In the mid-1800s Henry David Thoreau wasn't exactly a revered celebrity among the good folks of Concord, Massachusetts. He was a local fellow who couldn't cut it as a teacher, thought of himself as a writer, occasionally ran his dad's pencil factory,...
Big Tree Travel: The Inside Scoop on Who Has the Most Big Trees and Where to Find Champs When You Might Least Expect To
If you're looking to maximize your big tree viewing pleasure, our best advice is head west or south, since that's where you'll find the top five states for champion trees: Florida (with 163), California (102), Arizona (84), Texas (80), and Virginia...
Haiti: In Need of Trees
The lack of trees on Haiti's hilltops and valleys contributed greatly to destruction caused by late-May floods, according to the Associated Press. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AP estimates more than 90 percent of Haiti is deforested; David Adams, director...
Planting Earnhardt's Forest: Everyone Knew the Legendary NASCAR Driver as "The Intimidator." off the Track, He Had a Quiet Passion for the Outdoors
To many, Dale Earnhardt was the consummate athlete: cold, poker eyes hidden behind dark glasses, dedication and drive beyond any of his competitors, a winner's instinct and immeasurable prowess on the track. Yet to those who knew him personally, Earnhardt...
Restoring Prospect Park
In the 1860s, Fredrick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux's vision of forested spaces for urban dwellers led to the creation of many gorgeous parks, including the magnificent 526-acre Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York. Except for the Terminal Moraine boulders...
Some Advice for November: Words of Wisdom for the Men Who Would Be President: Let the Forests Work for Us
The mood of anticipation is high in Washington, DC, as we move towards the presidential elections this fall. AMERICAN FORESTS is proud of our work with every presidential administration since 1875. We worked with Teddy Roosevelt to put conservation...
Start Spreading the News
New York has stepped up its greening efforts with an initiative aimed at replanting trees in five cities: Syracuse, Binghamton, Buffalo, Rochester, and Poughkeepsie. The Urban Forestry Initiative has received the blessing of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton...
The Colorful Red Maple
For the past 100 years the red maple (Acer rubrum) has been considered a star both in the forest and in the home landscape. In the home landscape, red maple has long been the most popular tree sold by landscapers and garden centers. Genetic variability...
Transitions
Mourning: William E. "Bill" Towell, 88, of Southern Pines, North Carolina, who died May 2. Towell, who had an illustrious career in resource conservation, served as executive vice president of AMERICAN FORESTS from 1967-1978. Towell also authored many...
Trees at Sea
Think trees at sea next spring, when AMERICAN FORESTS joins Cunard's flagship Queen Mary 2 for a flower and garden-themed trip across "the big pond." Sailing from New York City on Saturday, May 28, the seven-day, six-night cruise to London, England,...
Urban Trees' Afterlife
Every time a tree falls or is cut in the city two things typically happen: part of the tree is ground up into woodchips and part is saved for firewood. Quite often, trees end up in city landfills after being severed into manageable pieces, which precludes...
Washington Outlook
Congressional action on the FY 2005 Interior Appropriations bill--which funds federal land-management agencies like the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management--has disappeared into the messy, election-year federal budget process. That's business...