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. 102, No. 3, Summer

1995 Annual Report
AMERICAN FORESTS continued, in 1995, its special role of touching people and influencing policies in ways that are essential for conserving trees and forests. A strategic planning process resulted in the reorganization of programs under the umbrella...
An Olympic Oaks Tale
That stately black oak growing on the northwest corner of a high school stadium in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, has seen more than 50 years of Friday night football. Although it looks like your average oak tree, this particular tree is a gold medal oak-an...
A Second Look at Global Climate Change
Editor's note: Global warming, carbon debt, C02 mitigation. For many, carbon emissions is a topic too unwieldy to tackle. We've taken on the daunting task of making it all make sense in the context of our daiLy Lives and surroundings. In the Autumn issue,...
Beattie Remembered for Courage, Consensus
he conservation community lost a major talent when Mollie Beattie died on June 27 at age 49, after a year-long battle with cancer. She had gained national recognition when President Bill Clinton nominated her to become the first woman director of the...
"El Lobo Loco"
When the old woman got to the trailhead, briefcase in hand, the Student Conservation Association kids were half-a-mile away in the Washington old-growth, clearing brush off the path. But Hazel Wolf wanted to see them. So she started into the woods. Wolf,...
Forest Communities Play Increasing Role in Policy Debates
The idea of linking communities and forests has gotten increased attention lately, and community-based forestry groups and others interested in these issues increasingly are recognized as key players in the forest policy arena. This rising interest in...
Forest Forum
Parking Lots Add to Heat Woes editor: "ATLANTA'S CHANGING Environment" and its accompanying "Sprinting Toward Sustainability" were good articles but failed to mention the negative effect of parking lots on urban heat islands. Parking lots comprise roughly...
Milestones and Millions of Trees
Summer is usually a time when people like to slow down, kick back-particularly in a climate like Washington's, where the season is synonymous with hot, sticky weather. But a couple of things to hit the news of late-plus some changes at AMERICAN FORESTS-seem...
Planting One for the Millennium
A new campaign spells "ReLeaf" the traditional waythrough individual actions taken community by community. What do you plan to do to celebrate the coming of the year 2000? People want their actions in the new century to lead to visible results. This...
Presidential 'Campaign' Rolls Along
here was campaigning among the eggs at the White House's annual Easter Egg Roll this year, but no one complained about partisan politics. It was all part of the "Let's Launch a New Presidential Campaign" initiative from AMERICAN FORESTS' Famous &...
The Biggest Pacific Yew
Ever since the first century when Pliny said the yew was cursed, "unpleasant and fearful to look upon," and Plutarch warned that its shade was deadly to sleep in, the yew has suffered a bum rap. The old British practice of planting yews in cemeteries...
The Carbon Trip or How Our Trees and Forests Affect the Global-And Local-Climate
Carbon dioxide, the major greenhouse gas, is essential for photosynthesis in plants but a potential health and environmental threat when excessive amounts are produced by burning fossil fuels. This traps heat in the atmosphere and causes the planet to...
The Past Is Prologue: A History of Tree Planting
Tree planting is a popular pastime of late, but it's been a tradition at AMERICAN FORESTS since the organization's founding in 1875. Early members were horticulturists, nurserymen, landscape designers, and those active in growing and experimenting with...
Urban Carbon: A Look Behind the Research
Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have risen swiftly and steadily over the last several decades, due to a combination of increased fossil fuel burning and deforestation. The 1992 Rio Summit opened the world's eyes and ears to a growing concern about...
What Tree in What Place?
Mention Florida and images of tall palms swaying in tropical breezes come to mind. The official state tree is the sabal palm, and many visitors try to cram at least one coconut in their suitcases before leaving. But foresters and ecological researchers...
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