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. 100, No. 1-2, January-February

A Kinder, Greener Clinton
The City of Clinton (no relation to our President), in Mississippi, is more than a little greener these days, thanks to the Beautification Committee and its chairman Jehu Brabham. Once just a private citizen with a concern for his community's environmental...
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A Thousand Points of Green
Fresh from its sixth national conference, urban forestry has an energy level on overdrive, an enviable partnership record, and new political prominence. Not bad for a movement that used to be thought of as a misnomer. There was a time, not so long ago,...
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Connecticut's Two-Pocket Woodland
For more than eight decades, the Great Mountain Forest has been managed for low-impact logging, natural species succession, and habitat diversity. Starling Childs wove his way comfortably, as a five-year-old can, among the students and professors from...
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Conservation Easements: Are They for You?
The easement idea gives landowners a flexible way to preserve their land without giving it away. Here's how it works. Driving into the narrow roadway, I feel the solitude and silence envelop me. Towering maples and basswoods arch overhead, forming a...
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Florida's Playing It Cool
An existing Cool Community project in Dade County, Florida, took a large step forward last fall with the selection of four sites for large-scale demonstration and research projects. The sites, which represent the great variety of housing types and neighborhoods...
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Forest-Health Policy Assessment
In a forest-health policy announced in 1992, the Boise National Forest publicized its intention to: 1) salvage dead and dying timber on the forest; 2) thin and adjust the species mix on green stands so that they would be more resilient and healthy; and...
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Healing Hurting Lands
AMERICAN FORESTS is demonstrating that planting trees with loving care can turn a worthless patch of scrub into a valuable Heritage Forest. What do you do with weed-covered landfills, abandoned strip mines, streambanks denuded by overgrazing, timberlands...
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Madson's Forest
It isn't where you live that counts--it's what you do with your own personal habitat. The place isn't really what I had in mind when I started a career in wildlife. My vision was a cabin in the whispering pines, a brook trout stream out back, a field...
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New Life for Old Elms
It's a tepee... a castle... a spaceship. And it's proof that trees and kids can help cut the bureaucratic red tape. Washington, DC, is known as one of the country's more livable big cities, in large part because of the many magnificent old trees that...
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Once upon a Century: A Magazine for the Ages
Now in its 100th year, American Forests celebrates its storied lineage as the mouthpiece of the group that kick-started the conservation movement in this country. Effective with this issue, the magazine you now hold in your hands enters its 100th year...
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Palm in Peril
Something is killing the stately Sabal palm, Florida's state tree. Could it be literally drowning? FOR UNTOLD CENTURIES, the Sabal palm tree has thrived along what is now Florida's Gulf and Atlantic coasts. Native Americans are believed to have relied...
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Putting Trust Back into Forestry
The Forest Trust is using innovative ideas to solve local economic and resource-management problems. The Santa Fe-based Forest Trust operates in a place where sound American forestry and a sense of history must go hand in hand. Consider one example:...
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Remobilizing for Conservation
This issue marks the start of the 100th year in the life of this magazine, which gives rise to thinking about the past, present, and future. This magazine, and AMERICAN FORESTS as an organization, are deeply rooted in the same soil. It is our hope that...
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Shade Trees Cool Tucson Air Base, Grow National Program
A LARGE-SCALE RESEARCH project showing how shade trees and light-colored surfaces can substantially reduce the amount of energy used for cooling homes and communities was initiated by AMERICAN FORESTS and many of its Cool Communities cooperators last...
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The 1994 Edition: National Register of Big Trees
Begun in 1940, this unique AMERICAN FORESTS program recognizes not just the biggest individuals of some 700 species but a precious part of our natural heritage. Whether we realize it or not, all of us share personal, local, or national historical connections...
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