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. 2, Summer

A City Guided by Its River
SAN ANTONIOFor decades the people and the waterway struggled to coexist. Now everyone loves this "riparian fantasy." -by Alexis HarteA river's inclination is to change its course-exploiting the shore's variations, throwing its energy into erosion-prone...
A Realm of American Originals
Three hundred years after the Voyage of Discovery, the findings of Lewis and Clark are still affecting our everyday lives.When Thomas Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the uncharted West, he set in motion actions which even...
Big Count: 3 Down
As the July 15 deadline loomed for nominations to AMERICAN FORESTS' 2004 National Register of Big Trees, aficionados were mourning the recent loss of three notable champs while continuing to search for successors to a favorite-the Wye Oak-that fell in...
From Conquest to Conservation; Our Public Lands Legacy
From Conquest to Conservation; Our Public Lands Legacy, by Michael P. Dombeck, Christopher Wood, and Jack E. Williams.$22.50, Island Press 2003.Written by Mike Dombeck, former chief of the U.S. Forest Service and director of the Bureau of Land Management,...
Geocaching: Trees as Treasure
Affordable GPS units are creating high-tech scavenger hunts for everything from dollar-store trinkets to trees. Story and photos by Tim Wright"Do you have a GPS?""Yes!""Do you know anything about 'geo caching'?""Uuuuuuuuuh. . . no."A few days later,...
Greening Up in San Antonio
Creative urban forest design can cool urban heat islands, restore river ecosystems, and boost human capability and comfort. In San Antonio in September, a civil engineer, a biology professor, a social science researcher, and a community forestry coordinator...
Green in Orange Shoals
When you build with nature in mind, more than just animals move in. By Geoff WilliamsYou know the drill: Construction crews move in; animals move out. Bulldozers flatten old oaks to make way for a subdivison of matching houses and manicured lawns. The...
Letters
THANKS FROM NYCDeborah Gangloff: I would like to thank AMERICAN FORESTS for its generous donation of 1,450 trees to the city of New York through the Memorial Tree Groves campaign. These trees are beautiful specimens of Yoshino cherries, Mount Vernon...
Mapping: From Octant to GPS
Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery set off from St. Louis in May 1804, charged by President Thomas Jefferson with exploring the recently acquired Louisiana Territory and finding the Great River of the West, a fabled water route to the Pacific. The...
News from the World of Trees
PLANTING A LIVING LESSONAn exercise in democracy has paid off in spades-and dirty fingernails-for sixth graders at Plymouth Meeting Friends School, a small Quaker school outside Philadelphia. As third graders, the students had written to the head of...
News of Note
* States made more than $3.6 billion in grant requests to fund open space acquisition and outdoor recreation facilities between 2000 and 2002, according to a National Park Service survey reported in the newsletter Common Ground. The report says the requests...
Selling the Cheat
It's a place where water rushes through West Virginia's Cheat Gorge, where kayakers and hikers gather on warm days. A rare snail finds its home here, as does an endangered bat flying among the many winding caves in the area. But it's a place that is...
The Mystery of Patrick Henry's Osage-Orange
It's hard to upstage Patrick Henry, patriot and orator extraordinaire, but many visitors to Patrick Henry's last home in Brookneal, Virginia, are as interested in the tree in his front yard as they are in the patriot.The tree, an osage-orange (Maclura...
Trees, Environment, and Genes
In the evolutionary battle to survive and thrive, a species' parentage is just the beginning. by Gary MollThink about a tree that in your mind is perfect. Now imagine creating more trees just like that one-trees that grow tall and straight, or low and...
Un-Common Ground
A controvery over the U.S. Forest Service's appeals process is eroding carefully wrought partnerships. By Jane Braxton LittleWhen the 2002 fire season erupted with a 138,000-acre blaze in the Denver suburbs, it sparked a firestorm of political accusations...
Watchwords from the West
Proposals from a recent Western Governors Association Forest Health Summit merit consideration.With the 2003 wildfire season heating up in the West and Congress debating major legislation on forest health and wildfire, a recent Forest Health Summit convened...
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