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. 111, No. 4, Winter

A History of 'Common Forests'
WORKING TOGETHER FOR A HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENTBackyard woodlands invite diverse public use and lay the groundwork for cooperation on larger issues. A look at how they began in the United States.Charting a path through the thicket that is America's conversation...
A History of 'Common Forests': Backyard Woodlands Invite Diverse Public Use and Lay the Groundwork for Cooperation on Larger Issues. A Look at How They Began in the United States
Charting a path through the thicket that is America's conversation about forest use is no simple proposition. Opposing points of view often are firmly fixed, and understandably so. When commercial or industrial access to forest resources is withdrawn...
A Symbol of Strength
It was only wind and water. Wind and water that destroyed a century of God's work. Wind and water that destroyed manmade structures that have stood the most violent of storms. Yet, one familiar thing remained after Katrina. The beautiful Gulf Park...
Earnhardt Forest Launched
The first 50 of 77,000 trees that will honor the memory of NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt were planted in Sloan Park outside Mooresville, North Carolina, in November by AMERICAN FORESTS and The Dale Earnhardt Foundation. Mooresville is home to The...
HOPE Takes Flight
The world learned just how vital these remnant woods have become recently when the Lord God Bird arose from the dead.For generations the remairnpg bottomland forests of the Mississippi River and its tributaries have survived as places where trees grow...
Hope Takes Flight: The World Learned Just How Vital These Remnant Woods Have Become Recently When the Lord God Bird Arose from the Dead
For generations the remaining bottomland forests of the Mississippi River and its tributaries have survived as places where trees grow large, shadows grow deep, and sinuous rivers and streams move at a snail's pace. For those who like their landscapes...
Keeping Forests in Forest
SEARCHING FOR COMMON GROUND IN A COMPLEX WORLDFive experts describe how best to convince private forest owners to value their timberland for ecosystem services. With R. Scott Wallinger, Louise Milkman, Tom Tuchmann, Peter Stein, and Carol DaIy.Anerica's...
Keeping Forests in Forest: Five Experts Describe How Best to Convince Private Forest Owners to Value Their Timberland for Ecosystem Services. with R. Scott Wallinger, Louise Milkman, Tom Tuchmann, Peter Stein, and Carol Daly
America's private forestland is changing. The question now is how we shape that change; how we ensure that the debate over America's forests includes ecosystem services--the ability of trees to provide clean air and water, cool temperatures, prevent...
Leading by Inspiration
PEOPLE WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR TREES AND FORESTSEarth Conservation Corps' charismatic young president is passionate about helping young people connect to the environment and that enthusiasm is rubbing off.Living alongside a river that has been polluted...
Leading by Inspiration: Earth Conservation Corps' Charismatic Young President Is Passionate about Helping Young People Connect to the Environment and That Enthusiasm Is Rubbing Off
Living alongside a river that has been polluted and neglected over the course of many years, it is impossible for the young men and women in Southeast Washington, DC, not to see an image of their own struggle within its waves and within the natural...
Letters
YOUR MEMBER-TO-MEMBER COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKRECORD LOCAL TREE TREASURESEditor: It is always depressing to read about the loss of another significant tree ("Champ Dethroned in Arizona," Autumn 2005). Although a Champion Tree can be replaced on the list...
Logger Turns Tree Saver
You could say that big trees changed Matt Largess' life. Largess, a veteran of logging old-growth trees in Oregon, did an about-face in 1998 when he was asked to selectively log beech trees on a former Vanderbilt estate in Portsmouth, Rhode Island,...
Nature at Your Service: Summing It Up
Urban foresters, planners, researchers, educators, GIS practitioners, and citizen activists gathered in Charlotte, North Carolina, in November for AMERICAN FORESTS' 2005 National Conference On Urban Ecosystems. The long-standing urban forest conference...
Southern Comfort
KATRINA FOCUSED THE WORLD'S ATTENTION ON THESE TREES, BELOVED AS A SYMBOL OF LONG LIFE AND A SLOWER PACE. BY ETHAN KEARNS. PHOTOS BY WILLIAM GUIONOld tobacco and cotton plantation causeways lined with trees. City parks and forested countrysides draped...
Southern Comfort: Katrina Focused the World's Attention on These Trees, Beloved as a Symbol of Long Life and a Slower Pace
Old tobacco and cotton plantation causeways lined with trees. City parks and forested countrysides draped with Spanish moss. Images of the South are almost assuredly set against the backdrop of a spreading live oak. Whether they formed front yard playgrounds...
TIMBERLANDS in TURMOIL
As timber companies divest, carefully managed forestland is up for grabs, and it portends an invisible-but staggering-crisis for the U.S.America's timberlands are in turmoil. From the remote backwoods to groves near small towns, forests are shrinking:...
Timberlands in Turmoil: As Timber Companies Divest, Carefully Managed Forestland Is Up for Grabs, and It Portends an Invisible-But Staggering-Crisis for the U.S
America's timberlands are in turmoil. From the remote backwoods to groves near small towns, forests are shrinking: 35 acres here, 500 there. The decline is so incremental it masks a crisis. Viewed from a national perspective, however, the pace of the...
Tracking a Change in Forests
A shift is occuring in America's timberlands, and it offers an opportunity to revisit the importance of community woodlands.During times of major change, cycles often emerge that are usually invisible. When AMERICAN FORESTS was founded in 1875, forestland...
Tracking a Change in Forests: A Shift Is Occuring in America's Timberlands, and It Offers an Opportunity to Revisit the Importance of Community Woodlands
During times of major change, cycles often emerge that are usually invisible. When AMERICAN FORESTS was founded in 1875, forestland was plentiful in the United States. There were no public lands to speak of, little private ownership of forestland,...
Tree Doctor
Dear Tree Doctor: This spring I planted a seedling from the Wye Oak (Maryland's former national champion white oak). The tree is now about 15-18 inches tall and very hearty. The main "trunk" sprouted well with our wet spring and early summer then, after...
Tree Doctor Howard Burnett
Dear Tree Doctor: This spring I planted a seedling from the Wye Oak (Maryland's former national champion white oak). The tree is now about 15-18 inches tall and very hearty. The main "trunk" sprouted well with our wet spring and early summer then,...
Washington Outlook
The most significant--and much anticipated--forestry legislation of 2005 emerged late in the year as House and Senate members introduced bills on forest restoration or recovery following significant natural disturbances, such as wildfires, hurricanes,...
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