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. 112, No. 4, Winter

A Tree Pilgrimage in Israel
In 1521 Rabbi Moshe Basola, an Italian pilgrim passing through the Galilee, stopped briefly at the tomb of Rabbi Abba Halafta, a 2nd century Jewish sage. In a letter home Basola mentioned a large oak tree shading the tomb. He doesn't elaborate, but...
Basket Weaving 101
No bad rap here-just some skills the new Congress may find helpful.Perhaps Congress should take up basket weaving. It's true that basket weaving has a bad rap, but my suggestion isn't meant as a commentary on lawmakers' abilities. I've been a basket...
Basket Weaving 101: No Bad Rap Here-Just Some Skills the New Congress May Find Helpful
Perhaps Congress should take up basket weaving. It's true that basket weaving has a bad rap, but my suggestion isn't meant as a commentary on lawmakers' abilities. I've been a basket weaver for years, and there are lessons in this craft for all of...
Driven to Plant
LeasePlan has the drive to do some serious tree-planting. The vehicle fleet-management company understands the importance of being environmentally conscious and its own role in minimizing vehicle emissions' effect on our environment. GreenPlan, developed...
Former Forest Service Chief: The Environment Is a Security Issue, Too
(ProQuest Information and Learning: ... denotes text missing in the original.)After earning a Ph.D. in fisheries biology, Mike Dombeck spent 25 years managing federal lands and resources. He was acting director of the Bureau of Land Management from 1994-1997...
Healthy Forests, Happy Potters
An innovative federal project in New Mexico is reducing wildfire danger by thinning trees as it fuels local creativity.Ah, New Mexico! Essence of pinyon and juniper smoke, mixed with chainsaw bar oil and two-cycle engine exhaust. These scents don't relax...
Healthy Forests, Happy Potters: An Innovative Federal Project in New Mexico Is Reducing Wildfire Danger by Thinning Trees as It Fuels Local Creativity
Ah, New Mexico! Essence of pinyon and juniper smoke, mixed with chainsaw bar oil and two-cycle engine exhaust. These scents don't relax their grip until days after the roaring saw falls silent. In its circuit around the bar, the whirring chain passes...
Leading by Example
The founder of Clif Bar grows a sustainable company by green actions and an unconventional office.Gary Erickson, owner and creator of Clif Bar & Co., has created a unique, earth-friendly, and community-based approach to business. Striving for health,...
Leading by Example: The Founder of Clif Bar Grows a Sustainable Company by Green Actions and an Unconventional Office
Gary Erickson, owner and creator of Clif Bar & Co., has created a unique, earth-friendly, and community-based approach to business. Striving for health, wellness, and sustainability, he launched an environmental program in 2001 and has since made...
Letters
SLOWING GLOBAL WARMINGAMERICAN FORESTS: Where and what can we plant in the U.S. with global warming in mind? Is there time to plant near the coasts or should I designate my donations for inland forests?Mary A. HegierHouston, TexasHoward Burnett responds:...
Lifelong Love Affair with Trees
My twin sister and I grew up on a suburban street in Massachusetts whose sides were lined with magnificent overarching maples. The cathedral-like trees seemed somehow hallowed to us, their quiet grace charming our childhood. A verdant umbrella in summer,...
More Complete Thinnings Needed
Two recent Forest Service studies of the effects of major wildfires showed that forests that were thinned but not treated with prescribed burning suffered much greater tree mortality than forests that were thinned and prescribe-burned or forests that...
Needed: A New Framework
An argument for changing the way we interact with nature, moving beyond traditional actions as a way to reconnect our fragmented environment.The environment is a seamless, interactive system that wraps the Earth. At some level, everyone understands that...
Seeking the Remarkable Trees of Virginia
THE SEARCH IS ON AS THE OLD DOMINION HUNTS FOR 100 OF ITS MOST NOTABLE TREES.There is a tree in Virginia that speaks to the first breath of freedom for slaves in that state. Called the Emancipation Oak and located on the grounds at Hampton University,...
Seeking the Remarkable Trees of Virginia: The Search Is on as the Old Dominion Hunts for 100 of Its Most Notable Trees
There is a tree in Virginia that speaks to the first breath of freedom for slaves in that state. Called the Emancipation Oak and located on the grounds at Hampton University, the live oak (Quercus virginiana) marks the spot where the Emancipation Proclamation...
Tamarisk Eradication
Most tree lovers aren't inclined to wield a saw, much less seek the elimination of an entire species from an ecosystem. In the case of the Grand Canyon tamarisk hunters, however, this is protocol. Their target? Tamarisk ramosissima--the dreaded invader...
Tree Planting Is Elementary
A group of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders, bothered by a lack of trees behind their school, mastered GIS software to prove the value of increasing tree cover adjacent to busy Interstate 10 in San Antonio, Texas. The students, members of a 4-H after-school...
Washington Outlook
The mid-term congressional elections have been completed. The campaign rhetoric and posturing are behind us for awhile, thankfully, and Congress in its new make-up is preparing to get to work--to focus on the issues and, hopefully, get some things...
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