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. 106, No. 4, Winter

2 Up, 2 Down
It was a rough summer to be a notable tree. AMERICAN FORESTS received updates on several trees known for their size or connection to history. First, the country's largest known American elm is dying. That's the message from Virginia Tech tree expert...
A Family Legacy
Following in his father Aldo's footsteps, Carl Leopold is planting trees in Costa Rica to help restore that country's tropical forests. Two-thirds of a century have passed since conservationist and author Aldo Leopold bought "The Shack" in south-central...
Ask the Tree Doctor
Please welcome our new volunteer Tree Doctor, Howard Burnett. A 31-year veteran of the U.S. Forest Service, Burnett served in the National Forest System area and in State and Private Forestry. After retiring in 1986, he worked part-time for AMERICAN...
A Tradition Born Anew
Sprawl and smaller lots are prompting a return to the old-fashioned art of horse logging. It could have been a scene from long ago: A team of silky chestnut horses with feet as big as buckets slobbered quietly as men in red-checkered shirts unloaded...
Burning Issues
In the wake of a disastrous fire season, AMERICAN FORESTS oushes for more trees and a community-based approach to healthy ecosystems. When the top news stories of 2000 are compiled, it's a safe bet wildfire will be among them. This summer's devastat...
Burninq Issues
In the wake of a disastrous fire season, AMERICAN FORESTS pushes for more trees and a community-based approach to healthy ecosystems. When the top news stories of 2000 are compiled, it's a safe bet wildfire will be among them. This summer's devastating...
Citizens Fight for Oaks
Construction of a shopping center that would destroy an oak grove in Fayetteville, Arkansas, recently pitted tree lovers against city government in this peaceful university town in the scenic Ozark hills. The battle began last spring when Fayetteville...
Growing Pains on the Front Range
The Denver area struggles with too many trees in the mountains, too few on the plains, and a new dominant species: us. In most places, human settlement has meant the loss of forest cover. Along Colorado's Front Range, however, more people has meant...
How 'Bout Them Apples?
Officials in Leominster, Massachusetts, recently brokered a deal to preserve the last remaining apple orchard in Johnny Appleseed's hometown. For more than 100 years orchardists at Sholan Farm, in the north-central Massachusetts town where John...
Letters
KUDOS editor: Yesterday afternoon I enjoyed reading the Autumn issue of American Forests. The magazine has emerged as an interesting, attractive, and useful publication. As a lifetime member I'm delighted! Also, it appears that AMERICAN FORESTS has grown...
News of Note
* An annual inventory of Pennsylvania's trees will help foresters nationwide monitor the health and sustainability of their states' forests. The Pennsylvania study will measure the extent of the state's forestland, the amount and quality of its timber,...
ReLeaf Returns to Sarajevo
Today Sarajevo's few remaining forests contain landmines and remain Inaccessible to the public. AMERICAN FORESTS is returning to Sarajevo to help residents reclaim their urban forest. The organization recently launched "Global ReLeaf Sarajevo," a tree-planting...
Swamp in a QUAGMIRE
The Great Dismal's ancient trees and elusive wildlife have endured for centuries. But can they survive when civilization intrudes? The April waters of the Great Dismal Swamp are so cold my shins ache. Thankfully, my flooded boats trap water against...
The Day After
This year's catastrophic wildfires have finally ended. A new tree-planting initiative helps communities heal the landscape. In November 1910 AMERICAN FORESTS dedicated an entire magazine issue to the summer's wildfires, which burned an estimated...
The Savory Sugar Maple
The aptly named sugar maple (Acer saccharum) is the primary source of the sweet sap used to make maple syrup and maple sugar. In the furniture and woodworking industry, where this tree also is a major player, it's often called hard maple, rock maple,...
The Tree That Gave Flight to a Dream
In the first decades of the last century, a spirited young girl growing up in her grandparents' farmhouse in Kansas loved to sit at her bedroom window and look out at the trees. She especially loved the sugar maple and linden that grew in the front...
Transitions
Introduction: Doug Cowan, chairman and CEO of the Davey Tree Expert Company, as chairman of AMERICAN FORESTS' board of directors. Cowan, a board member since 1998, will take over for Jonathan Silver, whose term will expire Jan. 1, 2001. Silver will...
TREES Feel the Heat
WE WILL ALL FEEL THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE. HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CARE AND HOW TREES WILL FARE. Last summer, raging fires blazed through more than 6.5 million acres of drought-stricken forests in the western United States. All of that charred...
Washington Outlook
Congress' final actions this year, which emerged from debates an the Conservation and Reinvestment Act (CARA) and its response to the 2000 wildfires, include some significant successes for conservation programs and community-based forestry efforts....
Wildfire Releaf
Residents of Montana, Idaho, and other states who lost their homes and property are rebuilding their lives after the summer wildfires that scorched more than 6.5 million acres in the western and south-central United States. NOW AMERICAN FORESTS...
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