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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. 108, No. 3, Autumn

3 States' New Liberty
Liberty, independence, and democracy are weighty ideals for a 2-foot sapling to embody but citizens of Boston; Hartford, Connecticut; and Newport, Rhode Island, this summer honored tiny trees with a celebrated lineage and a personal connection to those...
Hogans of Hope
In Arizona, a project to build traditional Navajo housing helps the community as it heals the forest. Mae Franklin's office is a traditional Navajo hogan. Through the open door, she can gaze across the Little Colorado River gorge toward the Painted Desert,...
Letters
REMEMBERING SEPTEMBER 11 AMERICAN FORESTS: I just recently donated money to plant a tree for my son Carl, one of the firefighters killed on Sept. 11 th. I knew nothing about this until I went into the Eddie Bauer store on a trip to Penn. I will tell...
Making the Most of Wasted Wood
AMERICAN FORESTS will help Baltimore develop a plan to reuse inner city wood waste while creating new jobs and reforesting the urban landscape, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Forest Service's Northeast Area. The Inner City Project grant awarded to AMERICAN...
Meet Our Field Reps
Ronald G. Abraham is our field rep for the Great Lakes region. Ron recently retired as state forester and chief of Ohio's Division of Forestry, after 13 years of service. Prior to serving as chief, Ron worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 27 years....
Monks and Kids Plant in Cambodia
As Cambodia rebuilds after decades of devastating warfare, a key task will be environmental restoration. As one part of that effort, AMERICAN FORESTS is helping with a tree-planting project that counts schoolchildren and Buddhist monks among its dedicated...
Once Again, a Land of Eagles
Once bordering on extinction, our national symbol is making a soaring comeback in forests nationwide. In the aftermath of September 11, national symbols took on a whole new meaning. Flags sprouted from car windows, strip malls, and politicians' lapels....
Opinion: Conservation Is Everyone's Business
FORUM The wildfires of the past few years have made one thing crystal clear. We must correct our relationship with fire before it takes a run at any more neighborhoods. Neighborhoods for people and critters are burning up at an unprecedented scale. Both...
Quercus Quandary
As beetles kill millions of trees, a debate rages in the Ozarks: Replenish red oaks or leave them alone? A million acres of dead trees, and more dying. That's a conservative estimate of the damage done to date by a partitular beetle, the red oak borer,...
Reviving the Bitterroot
COMMUNITIES WORKING TOGETHER FOR A HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENT This Montana planting project shows that people and trees are equally resilient after the catastrophic wildfires of 2000. By Karen Fedor "At times it's overwhelming, knowing that there are thousands...
Saluting Maryland's Fallen Champ
At nearly 100 feet tall, the Wye Oak, the long-standing national champion white oak and Maryland's state tree, seemed to fill the skyline. Its gnarled trunk stretched upward, reaching with massive limbs to cradle a crown spread of nearly 120 feet. A...
Song and Sprawl
Yellowstone National Park is one of the most famous of America's protected areas, providing crucial habitat to many wildlife species. But recent research suggests the lands surrounding the park may be even more important. In a study published in the...
Steely Nature
Using iron-willed concentration, a Washington, DC, sculptor immortalizes local trees with national acclaim. By Charles Enloe Even after being felled by weather, disease, or old age, our nation's famous and historic trees live on in the minds of many...
Sweet-Smelling Forest Threat
As large-scale agriculture shifts west and portions of the northeastern United States return to woods, forest recovery and species diversity are being challenged by a sweet-smelling but aggressive adversary, honeysuckle. Three Asian species, L. maackii,...
The Popular Pin Oak
The native pin oak (Quercus palustris) suffers a bit from overexposure, much like an actor when he or she becomes a star and reaches celebrity status. People will either love you or hate you, but there are few emotions in between. The pin oak's overexposure...
The Trees with Soul
We all know the story of the poor boy from Tupelo, Mississippi, who moved with his parents to Memphis, Tennessee. The teenager loved music, especially that which sprang from the working classes-Gospel traditions as well as the black rhythm and blues...
Trees in Black & White
Simple truths are sometimes the hardest, and the woods are suffering while we learn. Most of us learn the world is not black and white before we're old enough to make decisions affected by that simple truth. Yet there's another simple truth a lot of...
Trees Take Center Field
TREES TAKE CENTER FIELD Sunday, September 8, was a perfect day for baseball. As a breeze wafted the smell of peanuts and hot dogs onto the field and the grounds crew prepared for the game against the Detroit Tigers, the Yankees took the field ... to...
Trees That Ease Learning
PERSPECTIVES SEARCHING FOR COMMON GROUND IN A COMPLEX WORLD When students open their school books this autumn, here's why you'll want greenery nearby. Some of the lab's most noteworthy research has shown that raising and teaching children In a green...
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