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. 114, No. 1, Spring

A Day in the Life of GENERAL SHERMAN
Our intrepid reporter gets up close and personal with this long-time champ and perennial favorite big tree.Big trees. You can measure them, pore over their statistics; compare their age to human history; draw, paint, photograph or rhapsodize about them;...
ASCENDING the GIANTS
Two arborists team up to document Oregon's national champions-from the top down.Beneath a clear blue October sky Brian French stands next to the stump of what was once the world's largest Pacific dogwood and lets a handful of pale sawdust sift through...
BIG CHANGES for BIG TREES
Deaths, growth spurts, and a new list-altering rule. It's our biennial check on the state of our nation's biggest trees. Story and photos by Whit BronaughIf you hoped to see your name in the National Register of Big Trees again for that really big tree...
DEMISE of a Charismatic CHAMPION
A search for the backcountry whitebark pine titleholder reveals a stunning tree but a casualty of age and global warming.Moments after stepping into the wind at the pass, I saw the tree. A good half-mile away by line of sight, it ruled the basin below,...
Envisioning an Evergreen Massachusetts
The Granite State's goal of preserving forest cover and adding even more despite encroaching development and long-term costs has other states watching with interest.Atop of Massachusetts' Great Hemlock Mountain, the loudest sound on a sunny autumn morning...
Hemlock Update
The fight to save hemlock forests may have just taken a turn for the better with Oregon State University researchers announcing they've found two species of flies that may help fight the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid.Writing in the journal Environmental...
Letters
FRANKLINIA FANWhit Bronaugh: I really enjoyed your article on the Franklinia Tree. Like you and many others, I have been on the lookout for anything resembling its pictures for many years.As a geologist and an avid lover of trees, I have spent over 40...
Maryland's Wye Oak Successor?
A white oak in northern Maryland once described as a "no-account tree" has a new designation-marvelous-and, experts say, is now the largest example of the species in the state.Forestry officials have written the governor requesting it be named state...
New Way Needed for Environment
We have to change how we conduct the country's most important business: restoring the natural world and its connection to people.The President's proposed budget for FY2009 slashes restoration for the nation's forests. That tells me it's time for a new...
One (Big) Tree's Story
In Indiana, a fortuitous meeting between a red maple and an 8-year-old boy results in state recognition and some greater understanding.If you have ever seen a giant tree before, perhaps you have wondered about its story. How many generations has it seen...
Partnering in Support of Big Trees
While Davey has been the sponsor of AMERICAN FORESTS' National Register of Big Trees since 1989, the two of us go back a lot longer than that. As early as the beginning of the last century, Davey advertised in American Forests magazine (what better way...
Planning for Healthy Trees
Careful forethought is required if a community wants to plant and maintain a sustainable urban forest.Planning and maintaining trees in a community requires more than just a hole in the ground and occasional watering. The American Planning Association...
The Age of PINUS
All that's fit to print about what has been called the world's "most ecologically and economically significant tree genus."Much of human history and prehistory is divided up into ages according to some great influence of the time: the Stone Age, the...
The Price of a Shady Lane
The trials and tribulations-and faith-involved in recreating a favorite memory with pin oaks on a Missouri farm.More than thirty years ago, when Charlene and I bought the back forty, there was no access road into it. So in spite of my naturalist's dislike...
U.s, 6 Other Countries to Benefit from '08 Plantings
AMERICAN FORESTS' Global ReLeaf Forests will plant 4 million trees this year. Plantings range from wildfire- and beetle-damaged forests to urban expressways. Six international projects are planned.In California, 51,000 trees will help restore a San Bernardino...
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