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. 107, No. 2, Summer

American Forests: 125 Years of Conservation Leadership: Annual Report 2000
In September 10, 2000, AMERICAN FORESTS marked 125 years of leadership for forest conservation. We are proud of our rich heritage as the nation's oldest nonprofit environmental organization and especially proud of our record today as a world leader in...
Backwoods Bullies Take Root
Japanese stilt grass (Microstegium vimineum) is well established in forests from Tennessee to Pennsylvania and looking to extend its range. At a distance, this sprawling 3-footer with short green leaves looks appealing-if you didn't know what grew there...
Developing Denver Needs Trees
Ever wonder what a bunch of trees in a city are worth? Consider this: Trees in Denver and in seven other Colorado cities are worth a total of $44 million in stormwater management-$3.2 million a year. Add another $5.3 million a year to factor in the removal...
"Frankentrees"?
An anonymous group of environmental activists chopped down or girdled nearly a thousand cottonwoods and aspens at Oregon State University this spring, hoping to stop experimental genetic engineering on the trees. Then in May, the University of Washington's...
In Memory: Memorial Trees
In all, 67 trees on the east lawn of the Capitol will be removed and eight memorial trees transplanted for the $265 million project. IN MEMORY: MEMORIAL TREES First Lady Pat Nixon's southern magnolia and a Liberty Tree tulip poplar will be spared the...
Letters
THE THINGS TREES EAT editor: I'm collecting images of trees and the things they "eat." Maybe you've noticed a tree in your area that has devoured something in its growth path. If you have, please contact me. Hugh Karraker Redding, Connecticut hkarraker@yahoo....
Nastiness in the Woods
Bugs, blights, and wildfires by the score. Mother Nature is sending us a wake-up call. Is anyone listening? What's on your schedule this summer? A well-deserved vacation, some outdoor time? If you live in the woods and haven't planned how you'd make...
News of Note
* Nostalgists for the American chestnut tree flocked to Washington, Virginia, this spring to buy seedlings resistant to a blight that has wiped out the species. A local Lions Club sold 500 trees in an hour. The trees were grown by the Newport, Virginia-based...
Taking the Measure of Your Big Trees
In the old days, a tree's height was determined by a sophisticated process of squinting, guessing, and exaggerating. Today, in the 61st year of the National Register of Big Trees, we no longer accept stories of 600-foot-tall trees, even if they are called...
The 'Best' of the Rest
At high altitudes where hemlocks don't range, an adelgid cousin, the balsam wooly adelgid, has destroyed the cool, damp mantle of Fraser fir that once blanketed the high peaks of the Great Smokies in Tennessee and North Carolina. Now as the peaks warm...
The Mesmerizing Southern Magnolia
Magualia grandiflora In the Deep South, the southern magnolia is queen. With its glossy evergreen leaves and big, fragrant white blossoms, this native beauty is ubiquitous in southern landscapes-evoking both the melancholy of Faulkner and the melodrama...
The Tree That Remembers a President's Lost Love
If you have an "old" $20 bill in your pocket, take a good look at the engraving of the White House on the back. To the left of the rear portico stands a magnificent magnolia. President Andrew Jackson planted it in 1828, and it has a very romantic-- and...
Tree Doctor
Q: We live in Florida, and bought a dogwood from the Extension service on Arbor Day three years ago. Our tree is flourishing, with beautiful foliage, however we have never gotten one single flower. Do we need two trees to pollinate each other? Please...
Wildfire Releaf: California Style
Nearly 40 years after a fire scoured the Los Pinetos Ridge of Angeles National Forest, some 30 high school kids did their part to repair the damage-by planting trees. The students, mostly 10th graders from Benjamin Franklin High School in Los Angeles,...
"You Have to Ask Yourself a Question: Do You Feel Lucky?"
Robert S. Bush Jr. and Loren Salladay do, and they may have what it takes to beat Clint Eastwood in this competition: AMERicAN FORESTS' search for Big Trees. Eastwood owns the reigning national champion bluegum eucalyptus, Eucalyptus globulus, on his...
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