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. 100, No. 1-2, January

A Kinder, Greener Clinton
The City of Clinton (no relation to our President), in Mississippi, is more than a little greener these days, thanks to the Beautification Committee and its chairman Jehu Brabham. Once just a private citizen with a concern for his community's environmental...
A Thousand Points of Green
There was a time, not so long ago, when urban forest advocates spent much of their time defining a movement that seemed to many to be a misnomer. Fifteen years and six national conferences later, that time is spent discussing how to involve diverse elements...
Connecticut's Two-Pocket Woodland
Starling Childs wove his way comfortably, as a five-year-old can, among the students and professors from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies who combed over his 6,400-acre playground last August. "That's a hemlock, and there's a sugar...
Conservation Easements: Are They for You?
Driving into the narrow roadway, I feel the solitude and silence envelop me. Towering maples and basswoods arch overhead, forming a natural cathedral. Filtered sunlight plays on the understory of shrubs and wildflowers. Eighty acres of wilderness and...
Florida's Flattened Ex-Champions
Hurricane Andrew may have set a record for wiping out record-holding big trees all at once. Champion after champion suffered terribly; many were downed. Several that lost their crowns when they toppled over now lie on their sides, sending out shoots.The...
Healing Hurting Lands
What do you do with weed-covered landfills, abandoned strip mines, streambanks denuded by overgrazing, timberlands planted with the wrong trees, lowlands drained for growing crops? Do you just neglect these damaged lands because they are devoid of economic...
How to Find Champions
Squish, squish, squish. My hiking shoes had filled up with water several miles back. I had come to the rainforests of Washington State's Olympic Mountains to photograph the champion western hemlock, and, wonder of wonders, it was raining. Again. But...
Madsonsforest
The place isn't really what I had in mind when I started a career in wildlife. My vision was a cabin in the whispering pines, a brook trout stream out back, a field of penstemon and larkspur for the dogs, and a snowy peak to fill the picture window....
National Register of Big Trees: The 1994 Edition
Whether we realize it or not, all of us share personal, local, or national historical connections with the trees around us. They are living links to our past. My childhood memories are peppered with the many times I climbed the now stately hemlock in...
New Life for Old Elms
Washington, DC, is known as one of the country's more livable big cities, in large part because of the many magnificent old trees that line its streets and avenues. They provide a cool respite from the summer sun and a spectacular display of autumn reds...
Palminperil
FOR UNTOLD CENTURIES, the Sabal palm tree has thrived along what is now Florida's Gulf and Atlantic coasts. Native Americans are believed to have relied on the hardy palm for both food and shelter almost 10,000 years before the first European explorers...
Putting Trust Back into Forestry
The Santa Fe-based Forest Trust operates in a place where sound American forestry and a sense of history must go hand in hand. Consider one example:On June 6, 2967, 20 "Chicanos" (the politically correct term) armed with rifles and pistols stormed the...
Remobilizing for Conservation
This issue marks the start of the 100th year in the life of this magazine, which gives rise to thinking about the past, present, and future. This magazine, and AMERICAN FORESTS as an organization, are deeply rooted in the same soil. It is our hope that...
Reviewing Resources -- from Gaia to Selfish Genes: Selected Writings in the Life Sciences Edited by Connie Barlow
From Gaia to Selfish Genes: Selected Writings in the Life Sciences, edited by Connie Barlow. MIT Press, 55 Hayward St., Cambridge, MA 02142-1399 (1993). Black-and-white illus., 273 pp. Softcover, $14.95.In her preface the editor says her childhood fascination...
Reviewing Resources -- Your Family's Land: Legacy or Memory, an Estate Planning Video Seminar to Reduce Fragmentation of Forest Land
Your Family's Land: Legacy or Memory, an Estate Planning Video Seminar to Reduce Fragmentation of Forest Land. Southern New England Forest Consortium, P.O. Box 760, Chepachet, RI 02814, 800/772-TREE (1993). 2.5-hour full-length version, 90-minute edited...
Thegrandpatree
Less than a half-mile from my boyhood home in West Allis, Wisconsin, stands a mighty willow. In fact, with a circumference of more than 400 inches--nearly 34 feet--this peachleaf willow is recognized as the largest tree of its species in the country.Though...
The Smallest of the Biggest
Imagine how Ned Fritz felt when he discovered a new national champion tree. He must have been amazed to find a specimen so tall he couldn't touch the top leaf. The trunk was so big he could barely fit his hand around it. Its crown could have shaded a...
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